Lakes Line Community
Welcome to the
Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade's Lakes Line Community Rail
At a monthly meeting towards the latter part
of 2015, the Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade decided to apply
membership of the Lakes Line Community Rail Partnership in order to have a
voice on behalf of its members on this important 'tourism' group.
is the Chamber's representative.
24 April 2016 - via email.
There will be no trains at weekends for 6
weekends in a row, starting this weekend. Network Rail is doing major
work at Oxenholme re-aligning various sets of points and crossovers, and
making a new entrance to platform 3, the Windermere branch platform.
They are also installing masts for electrification to the Windermere end
of platform 3, and getting the wires up there too. In addition they are
updating the signalling, one result of which will be that it is easier
to terminate a train at Oxenholme and return it south. We hope this will
mean that, when there is work going on between Oxenholme and Carlisle,
passengers will at least be able to travel to Oxenholme by train before
being forced to take a bus. This is all preparation for the eventual
wiring of the branch, though over the next few years it will stop at the
end of platform 3, so we shall not have electric trains running to
Windermere yet. I went up yesterday to take some photos, and one of the
engineers told me the branch wiring is set for 2019. The attached photo
shows one of the new crossovers part-installed.
It should be noted that both the CRP and
User Group have explained often to the train operators and Network Rail
that it makes no sense to market the Lake District as a holiday-by-rail
destination, then stop the trains over summer weekends and at bank
holidays. The reply is always that fewer people are inconvenienced by
the current policy than if the closed the lines during the week
Electrification work at
Oxenholme - 2016
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