Lakes Line News 



The Staveley Beer Festival is taking place on the 23rd and 24th March. Avoid driving and travel by train instead.


New Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) are being installed by Northern at stations along the line. 


 The Lakes Line Feasibility Study has been completed by consultants who have made the case for more frequent train services on the line between Windermere and Oxenholme. The CRP is working with Northern, Network Rail and the Local Enterprise Partnership to implement the recommendations of the report. 

Northern (owned by Arriva) started operating train services on the Lakes Line on the 1st April, 2016. During this franchise, over £1 billion will be invested in the railways and state of the art new trains have been ordered. Passengers still connect with TransPennine and Virgin Trains services at Oxenholme station. Some refurbished, longer trains are expected on the line during 2018.



More disruption to train services: 

1)   Strikes are planned bhy the RMT on the 26th and 29th March affecting Northern services.

2)     There will be no TPE trains running north of Carlisle on the 31st March and the 2nd April and no TPE trains running north of Lancaster on the 1st April due to engineering work.

3)  Indurtrial action by ASLEF is leading to the cancellation of some Northern services. There is also some engineering work on the line through Bolton affecting some services to Manchester. Buses will replace some trains. 

Please check before you travel.

For railway timetables, see: 



call 03457 48 49 50

For Virgin Trains timetables  please see  





Onward travel from the trains is now easier as cars, which can also take two bikes, can be hired from a number of Cumbrian stations including Windermere and Oxenholme.

The Co-Wheels car club provides low emission cars straight from the station. New members can join for a one-off membership fee of £10- (normally £25-). The promotional code is CUMBRIADRIVE but see for details. 




Paul Marriot of Cumbria County Council (left) with Tracey Chaplin of Cumbria Tourism, Emma Moody of the Lake District National Park and Jim Trotman, CRP Officer(right), with the new map at Staveley.



Four new Lakes Line maps have been unveilled at Staveley, Burneside, Kendal and Oxenholme stations. The maps show the railway route into the heart of the Lake District and also the surrounding attractions. These maps complement one installed at Windermere station in November, 2012.

The maps were funded through the See More programme and is another example of partnership work. The Lake District National Park and Cumbria County Council successfully bid for Local Sustainable Travel Funds and this project was one of the outcomes. 




There was great news for the Lakes Line at the annual Community Rail Awards held in Torquay on the 1st October. The 110 art panels at stations on the community railway lines in Cumbria won the FIRST PRIZE. This is a tribute to the art students and their sponsors.

The picture (right) shows Dick Smith, Tim, Owen, Jim Trotman and Mark Hopwood, CEO of Great Western Railway who presented the prize.





One of the art panels at Windermere station chosen to represent the art at stations along the Cumbrian railway lines.









Kendal underpass before the mural project began.


Kendal underpass transformed. Unfortunately this did not get a prize at the Community Rail Awards but certainly deserved one.  


Timetables for trains to and from Windermere have now joined the bus and boat timetables at Ambleside. Members of the Lakes Line Rail User Group had requested that train timetables should be added to the transport information on the wall of the Queens Hotel in Ambleside that this was organised by the Lakes Line CRP with the help of TransPennine Express, Windermere Lake Cruises and colleagues at the Bentham Line CRP who refurbished the poster case.

Russell Bowden from Windermere Lake Cruises stands with the new railway timetable at Ambleside.



At long last a new street light has been provided on the access road to Burneside station. This has been a dark section of road and the CRP has brought together funding from the Parish Council, ACoRP (Department for Transport and Network Rail funding) and Cumbria County Council to pay for the new light. This will be maintained by Cumbria County Council. The new light makes it easier and safer for passengers to get to and from the station in the hours of darkness.



On Friday 28th November, 2014, Baroness Susan Kramer, confirmed that the line between Oxenholme and Windermere will be electrified by early 2017. The confirmation of this investmet in the line was welcomed by Tim Farron, MP, Tim Owen, Chairman of the Lakes Line Community Rail Partnership, senior councillors, members of the Lakes Line Rail User group, business representatives and senior staff from TransPennine Express and Network Rail. 


Above - Baroness Kramer announcing the electrification of the Lakes Line with Tim Farron, MP, and David Golding of Network Rail at Windermere station.


Left - Baroness Kramer with delighted leaders of the campaign to electrify the Lakes Line. 28th November 2014.

Electric trains running directly between Windermere and Manchester International Airport should now be a reality in 2017. 




New "Welcome to Staveley " signs have been installed at the railway station and near the bus stop on the main street in Staveley.The central timetable shows both bus and train connections for Staveley and will be updated as schedules change. Passengers should keep a lookout for any alterations to train connections due to engineering work.

Finger post direction signs to village amenities have also been installed at the station. This has been an initiative of the Parish Council and was funded through the GoLakes Sustainable Travel Programme and supported by the Community Rail Partnership.





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