Kirkby Stephen station path to be improved

By richard.morris / Fri, 22/12/2017 - 10:23

Rory Stewart MP has tweeted:

"Terrible path to Kirkby Stephen station - particularly for wheel-chairs - looking forward to working with @networkrail @NorthenrailF and @yorkshire_dales to sort it out"

Good news! This is the short path up to the down platform from the main road. People have been complaining about this for years and it's great that it looks as though something will finally be done about it.

Letter to The Times praises S&C volunteers

By richard.morris / Mon, 04/12/2017 - 18:03

The Times has published a letter from Bryan Gray, Chairman of the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust, praising the work of FoSCL and other volunteers in caring for England's most scenic railway.

"Sir, I agree with Christian Wolmar (“Green light for reopening derelict rail lines”, letter, Nov 30, and news, Nov 29) that the government’s rail strategy fails to recognise the efforts of voluntary groups. The best returns will come from supporting existing railways and those who support them.

Special train Carlisle-York, Saturday 25th November

By richard.morris / Mon, 20/11/2017 - 14:45

Santa’s polishing his boots and the elves are getting excited – it’s nearly time for the Christmas Comet excursion to York.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, there are still a few places left in standard class.  For passengers travelling from Settle or Skipton, there are cheeky deals to be had, with a group ticket for four people at £100 or a ticket for 2 at £50.00.

RMT strike action 8 November

By richard.morris / Wed, 25/10/2017 - 10:17

Info from Northern Rail:

The RMT union has announced further strike action on Northern services on Wednesday 8 November 2017. More information regarding services on that day will follow, but any services we are able to run are expected to be very busy.

For more information on the strike click here

Opening of Ribblehead Visitor Centre

By richard.morris / Sun, 08/10/2017 - 20:20

The new Managing Director of Northern, David Brown, opened the refurbished Visitor Centre at Ribblehead Station on Monday 2nd October. David Brown was until recently Chief Executive of Transport for the North, and this was his first official engagement in his new role. He arrived in the driver’s cab of the 12.02 train from Leeds and was accompanied by Paul Barnfield, Chris Jackson and John Kitching of Northern.

Industrial Action 3 and 5 Oct

By richard.morris / Sat, 30/09/2017 - 10:04

The RMT have called for further industrial action on 3 and 5 October.

Rail services through Northern’s franchise area will be affected. You can find out more about the services being operated in due course at Northern’s website https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/industrial-action

It is recommended that you check Northern’s website prior to any journey to ensure you are aware of the most up-to-date information

Waverley Route reinstatement gathers steam

By richard.morris / Thu, 31/08/2017 - 20:07

Campaign for Borders Rail 
Press Release – Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Carlisle and Campaign put Railway Development on the Agenda.

Carlisle City Council’s Leader, Cllr Colin Glover, has held joint talks with the Campaign for Borders Rail, agreeing to stimulate economic growth through reinstatement of the railway between Carlisle, Longtown, and the Scottish Borders.