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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Anger as Sunday rail service bid between Barrow and Millom is halted

A BID to create the first Sunday rail service between Barrow and Millom in more than 30 years has run out of steam.

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shunted aside A bid to run a pilot Sunday service to towns on the west Cumbria coast – including Millom – has been rejected

Cumbria County Council has confirmed the bid, which would have seen a six-month trial service running from June 2015, has been snubbed by the Department for Transport.

Had the £315,000 pilot been given the go-ahead, the service would have launched in May next year and would have stopped at all towns on the line, from Barrow to Millom.

However, the knockback means the line is just one of three in the country without a single Sunday service.

Campaigners have expressed disappointment at the news.

Councillor Brian Crawford represents Millom on Cumbria County Council.

He said: “The new proposal sounded really good but it’s bad news. Millom is already isolated.”

A spokesman for the Copeland Rail Users Group said: “This just underlines the need to ensure that the new rail franchise from 2016 includes a full service for the Cumbrian coast line including Sundays, evenings and early mornings. The current partial service makes it very difficult for tourism businesses, students, hospital and prison visits and other journeys for people living between Barrow and Whitehaven and is surely unacceptable.”

However, the county council said although the bid had been unsuccessful, it did not mean the chances of the service running were dead.

A spokesman said: “While it’s disappointing we’ve not been able to run the six-month trial, we do not think it was a waste of time or that it is never going to happen.

“The Department for Transport is consulting on how to shape its franchise services and we will be using the evidence base built up for the Sunday service to continue to lobby government.”

Have your say

We are north of Watford so therefore we dont matter ... were only uneducated Northerners after all. Not surprised by decisions like this at all

Posted by lee on 22 July 2014 at 13:20

Not only to we have rolling stock that the RSPCA would not allow animals to travel in,(for instance I travelled on the train up the coast on Friday evening it was hot, so of course the heating was on just to make it more uncomfortable). The decision not to fund Sunday rail to Millom is short sighted and set against the cost of the cross rail project (at least £15 billion, as well as HS2 probably £100 billion to save 10 minutes) it shows the complete and utter disdain that our area is held in by the our so called representatives in Westminster.

Posted by d roberts on 22 July 2014 at 11:45

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