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NEWS:   

There is to be strike action again by the RMT on Friday the 28th April resulting in disruption to train services.

Please see www.northernrailway.co.uk/industrialaction for details and allow more time for journeys.  

Due to engineering work, there is a limited train service north of Preston/Carlisle on the 29th, 30th April and 1st May. Please check before travelling:

National Rail Enquiries: 03457 484950

 Trains are now running along the whole length of the Settle & Carlisle railway. 

For details of the services on Northern, please see www.northernrailway.co.uk

For any alterations to timetabled services, please see:

www.nationalrail.co.uk 

Engineering work

Carlisle station is undergoing £14.7 million investment in work to the roof and improvements to all the platforms.  

For more information about the work, see www.networkrail.co.uk  

Car hire is now available at Carlisle railway station. This can be for business or personal use.

For details, see  www.co-wheels.org.uk

 

 For timetables, please see www.virgintrains.com, www.nationalrail.co.uk or  

 

call 03457 48 49 50 

On the 1st April, Northern (owned by Arriva) began operating all trains services on the Cunbrian Coast, Furness and Lakes lines in Cumbria. During the life of the new franchise, over £1 billion will be invested in the railways and new trains are already on order. 

The picture shows Alex Hynes, MD of Northern (right), talking to Mick Elliott (centre) and Andy Philipson at the launch of the new Northern franchise at Windermere station on the 1st April, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Onward Travel from trains has become easier as cars can now be hired from a number of Cumbrian railway stations including Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme.

The Co-Wheels car club provides cars straight from the station and these low emission cars can also take two bikes.

New members can join the Co-Wheels car club for a one-off membership fee of only £10- (normally £25-). The promotional code is CUMBRIADRIVE but see http://www.co-wheels.org.uk/pricing for details.



 

 Northern Rail has now provided 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi at Aspatria, Harrington, Dalston and Foxfield stations. Ravenglass will be added soon.


 

Right: Community Poster cases are now at stations along the Cumbrian Coast and Furness lines. These will include such information as local walks and uesful telephone numbers.  
 

 

 

New passenger information screens are appearing at Northern Rail's stations along the Cumbrian Coast and Furness Lines - more are coming during the next few years. The one on the left is at Cark on the  Furness Line. 

 

   
 

 

 

 

A memorial service was held at Carlisle railway station on Thursday the 21st May, 2015, to remember the hundreds of people, soldiers, railway staff and other passengers, who died in the Quintinshill railway disaster 100 years ago. Lessons have been learned after such disasters so that railways are now the safest form of travel.

  

A permanent memorial cairn will be built at Carlisle station.

 

 

A completely refurbished Railway Museum opened at Ravenglass during the summer of 2015. It first opened in 1976 but has been completely refreshed and contains new as well as old exhibits that are in touch with modern times.   

 

 

The Ravenglass & Eskdale railway also celebrated 100 years as a 15" gauge railway in August 2015.             

Trains are running again from the 13th February, 2016, and normally operate for over 260 days every year - visit in 2016.

 

For details see www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk 

 


 

 

  

 

Maryport station has become the first railway station in  Cumbria to offer the latest train running information via an environmentally friendly, solar powered Customer Information Screen (CIS).    

The "green screen" receives the most up-to-date train running information from GPS trackers which are built into Northern Rail's Cumbrian Coast trains. The screen has ultra-low power consumption making it a ecologically friendly way to check when the next train is due to arrive.   

The first-ever screen of its kind has been installed at Maryport thanks to a successful partnership between Northern Rail and Cumbria County Council.  

Pictured at Maryport station, left to right; Chris Cutts, Northern Rail; Laurence Hilland, Community Rail Partnership Officer; Dawn Mcgough, Cllr Keith Little and Sam Wheelan, Cumbria County Council.

 

   

 

 
  New seating at Wigton station. 
 

 

 

 

Sent to Coventry!

 

 

 

 

On the 9th December, 2013, there was a promotional event at Coventry station encouraging people from the West Midlands to come to Cumbria using the new direct train services. This event was organised by Cumbria Tourism and Virgin Trains with the participation of the Community Rail Partnerships and Grasmere Gingerbread.

 

The picture shows Hannah Forsgardh of Grasmere Gingerbread with her free samples and brochures. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good News

 

 

This website and the other related Cumbrian CRP websites won first prize in the "Best Innovative use of Information Technology in the Promotion of Community Rail" category at the annual Community Rail awards in Llandudno at the end of Sepember 2013.

 
 

 

 

 

More Good News

 

 

 

Winners of the Third Prize at the national Community Rail Awards, held in Llandudno at the end of September, were the volunteer gardeners at Wigton station. It is great news that their efforts have been recognised.

 

 

 

More new waiting shelters and sections of raised platform are appearing along the Cumbrian Coast line at stations including Seascale, St Bees and Ravenglass.

 

 

The picture shows the new shelters and one of the "Harrington Humps" (raised platform sections) at Seascale station.

 

 

For special offers on the West Coast Main Line to Lancaster, Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle, and beyond to Scotland, London and Birmingham, have a look at www.virgintrains.co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rail Trails 2 leaflet, "North Walney from Barrow Station" is now available from many stations and features the North Walney National Nature Reserve. This is an area with an amazing variety of habitats, from sand dunes to salt marsh. This new leaflet complements Rail Trails 1, "Duddon Mosses from Foxfield station".

 

Changes to Train Times

 

 

 

Weekend Engineering Works may affect journeys on the Cumbrian Rail Network and certain parts of your journey may need to be made by rail replacement bus. 
For local services provided by Northern Rail, see also

 

www.northernrail.org  

 

You can also call National Rail Enquiries on  08457 48 49 50 or ask at your local staffed station for further details.

 

 

 

 

 For special offers on Cumbria Day Ranger, Lakes Day Ranger and Cumbria Round Robin tickets, have a look at

 

www.northernrail.org/offers

Timetables are also available onwww.nationalrail.co.uk .


You can now  buy your 

 tickets here - just go to 

the Travel Information 

 

page. 

 

 

For those interested in history, there were digs at the site of Maryport's Roman fort during August and September, 2013. The excavations concentrated on the civilian settlement near to the fort.

 

Other digs also took place at Cockermouth/Papcastle, another centre of Roman heritage.

   

 

 

Iain Aldred from Northern Rail (left), Claire McLean from the Lake District National Park, and Matthew Worman (right) from TransPennine Express launch the new "Discover Cumbria by Train" leaflet at Barrow station on the 20th March. This leaflet gives people many ideas for great days out by train across the whole county and will be available from staffed stations and tourist information outlets.    

 

 

 

There was excellent news at the International Station of the Year Awards in November, 2012, when Barrow won in the Best Medium Station category. Not only that but Barrow was also Highly Commended at the National Rail Awards and also won TransPennine Express's own Station of the Year Award.   

Mick Elliot (left) TPE Stations Manager and members of staff accept the awards for Barrow station.

 

 

Chris Cutts, Stations Manager for Northern Rail (right), with the award for Millom station, some of the staff and Laurence Hilland, CRP Officer (left).  JT.

 

 

There was good news for Millom station and its Discovery Centre at the national community rail awards held at STEAM in Swindon on the 28th September, 2012. The station was awarded 3rd prize in the station development category against stiff competition from around England and Wales - well worth a visit. The award was presented to the staff at Millom Station and Discovery Centre on the 23rd October, 2012, by Chris Cutts, stations manager for Northern Rail and Laurence Hilland, Community Rail Partnership Officer for the Cumbrian Coast Line 

 

Happy, award winning staff at Millom station's ticket office on 23rd October, 2012.  

 

One of the new works of art produced by Hayley McKay and sponsored by BAE Systems-Sumbarines at Barrow station.   

On the 1st June, 2012,  Cllr Wendy Maddox, Mayor of Barrow, and John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, officially opened an exhibition of art at Barrow station. This is work sponsored by local businesses and organisations and undertaken by students from Furness College. The work brightens up the station and gives an opportunity for the work of young students to be seen by over half a million passengers every year.

 

Mick Elliot, Stations Manager for TPE, with John Woodcock, MP, and Cllr. Wendy Maddox, Mayor of Barrow, at the opening of the art exhibition on Barrow station on the 1st June, 2012.

 

To explore the Cumbrian Coast and surrounding areas, you can use the services of the Blue Badge Guides who can be contacted on www.cumbriatouristguides.co.uk and for those particularly interested in wildlife and events,  why not have a look at www.wildzonecumbria.org 

 

 

 

 

School art on Dalston station. There is also art at Wigton and now at Dalton on the Furness Line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 
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