May blog

Tony Potts writes:

On Easter Sunday 21 April Audrey and I travelled from Birmingham New Street back to Workington. The first part of the journey was by a relatively new LNWR electric to Crewe, then bus to Preston. The bus developed a steering fault and had to be replaced at a motorway service area. Another bus took us to Preston, but we had missed the bus for Carlisle so had to await the next. However, our arrival at Carlisle was in time to catch the train for Workington so we weren’t much later than we would have been.

Arriva Rail North’s (ARN) new Route 6 timetable goes only from 19 May to 29 June. This is said to be due to the fact that the new trains are expected to be in service by then so more trains can be run.

On 27 April I attended the Furness Line Action Group AGM at Carnforth. The speaker was Chris Jackson, ARN’s Regional Director for West and Central. He told us about the new ticketing arrangements where the emphasis is on technology, which is proving popular with season ticket holders in the big conurbations. Mr Jackson (and other Regional Directors) report to ARN’s Service Delivery Director, Mr Paul Barnfield.

The Community Rail Partnership is holding a rail fair at Carlisle on 8 June. Although this date clashes with our June meeting, I’ve told Dawn that I shall be there to represent CRUG, so present my apologies for absence from that meeting herewith. We have a meeting with the Community Rail Partmership on 22 May at noon at Blencathra House, Whitehaven.

I have been invited to the Travel Watch North West meeting at Preston on13 June.

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