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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Still time to have say on Furness Line services

PASSENGERS still have a chance to have their say on the future of the Furness Line ahead of new rail franchises being awarded in 2016.

The final decision will determine who, when and how the Furness Line will be run until the mid 2020s.

The Department for Transport has invited individuals, companies and groups to give their opinion on how the service should be run.

The Furness Line Study, which sets out several short, medium and long-term suggestions for rail service in the area, has been published as part of the consultation.

It will be submitted by the Furness Line Community Rail Partnership as part of their response to the proposed re-franchising.

The partnerships’ response states: “Furness is a key centre for advanced manufacturing and has a concentration of industries with vital global connections, with substantial prospects for growth.

“Committed and planned developments by industries in Furness alone total nearing £1bn, which will create 3,000 new jobs in Ulverston and Barrow.

“Maintenance and improvement of the direct service to Manchester Airport is essential to their future success.”

The report has been dedicated to Peter Robinson, the former chairman of the partnership, who died on August 6. His funeral was due to be held today at Cartmel Racecourse.

The public consultation will close at 11.45pm today and can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/7L2NGR7.

Have your say

How come we have suddenly been given the oldest, tattiest and most uncomfortable trains available on the Barrow to Carlisle line in recent weeks? Is this a sign of what is to come if Northern Rail takes over?
I feel really sorry for the regular commuters of the line now, which I used to be - the quality of their daily lives has no doubt taken a turn for the worse with those trains.
Plus, what about the impression it gives to the many tourists that use that line? The West Coast line surely has to be one of the most beautiful in the country and it is being serviced by the worst rail stock in the country. What's that all about?
Plus they have the cheek to put prices up, so are expecting us to pay more for an inferior service.
Give us back the standard of rail travel we are used to and that a stunning county like Cumbria warrants!!

Posted by Concerned rail user on 19 August 2014 at 10:48

Transpennine run a decent service but don't realise the effect on passengers slow and sporadic services have! They only need to improve timetable and train length whereas northern who should be left with the short stopping services need to improve massively with better and faster trains that can deal with demand. There is a lot of money in the Furness line and this needs to be realised and the whole service improved.

Posted by Daniel Duckworth on 18 August 2014 at 22:57

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