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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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South Cumbria travellers face bank holiday railway misery

RAIL users looking to get to and from south Cumbria this bank holiday face lengthy delays.

Engineering works are taking place across the country throughout the Easter weekend, with many starting this afternoon and continuing into Easter Monday.

Passengers looking to travel between Barrow and Preston will have to take a rail replacement bus service between Carnforth and Preston.

A similar service will also operate from Carnforth to Lancaster.

Onward services to the capital will not be affected on Friday, but certain services to London on Saturday and Sunday will involve rail users taking two buses between Carnforth and Preston.

Work is also being carried out between Carnforth and Oxenholme, so those heading north will also face further disruption. The Cumbrian coastal service will not be affected.

Cumbria Tourism have hit out at the disruption, and said rail bosses should think more carefully about when they schedule engineering works.

Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said the work was effectively cutting off the county at one of its busiest times.

“Easter is a particularly busy period for holidays in Cumbria,” he explained.

“It is deeply frustrating for tourism businesses and visitors that engineering works are scheduled during key holiday periods – and especially over bank holidays.

“Indeed it is a point we raise frequently in our lobbying to get Network Rail to do more night time works.”

Services affected will include First TransPennine Express, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains.

Anyone planning to travel by train is advised to check with their rail operator in advance.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “Network Rail engineers will be working on the West Coast Mainline over the Easter holiday carrying out improvement works between Preston and Morecambe/Carnforth/Oxenholme from today until Easter Monday.

“This work will affect train services through Lancaster and the train operators have made alternative arrangements for passengers while the work takes place.”

Have your say

Totally agree with 'me'. Sick and tired of these tourism bosses blaming everyone and everything for people apparently not visiting. Network rail cannot win when it comes to engineering works. And to be honest I think people are pretty bored of the same petty comments by tourism bosses every time this happens.

Posted by Degsy on 30 March 2013 at 12:42

What Mr Stephens is trying to point out is that the tourism industry is vital to this area. Treating us like a 2nd class industry and disrupting us during one of the busiest weekends of the year is simply irresponsible on behalf of Notwork Rail.

Posted by John on 30 March 2013 at 12:37

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