A service of commemoration was held on the afternoon of Saturday the 6th September at Windermere station. This was in rememberance of the fallen in the First World War and of a member of Windermere station staff who died in action in 1916. The new shelter for bus passengers at Windermere railway station was funded through the GoLakes sustainable travel programme and was oficially opened by Clare Moriarty, Director General, Rail Executive, Department for Transport, on Wednesday the 27th Aug 2014
Director General, Rail Executive, Department for Transport, Clare Moriarty with Cllr Geoff Cook, Chairman of Cumbria County Council, at Windermere station on the 27th August.
Both of these guests were impressed with the facilities at Windermere station making onward travel for passengers into the heart of the Lake District easier.
Clare Moriarty was so impressed after her visit to Windermere and Brockhole that she said she would start planning a car free visit to the Lake District and hoped that many others would do so too. The Bike Bus at Windermere station's new shelter. This enables people who bring or hire bikes to take them on longer trips. The maintenance of the shelter has been sponsored by Windermere Lake Cruises as many passengers head to Bowness from the station to enjoy trips on the lake.
The Twizy electric car, above, at Brockhole Visitor Centre on the 27th August. This two seater electric car can be hired for trips around the Windermere area. For more information see; www.golakes.co.uk/travel/by-car.aspx
The new shelter for passengers transferring from trains to buses at Windermere station.
Flowers for Kendal Railway Station.
Two flower planters have been installed at Kendal station by the Lakes Line Community Rail Partnership with help from the GoLakes sustainable travel programme and Kendal Town Council. The planters were made by HMP Haverigg and the plants were funded by Kendal Town Council which will be maintaining them. These are similar to those installed at Windermere railway station last year and will also benefit the local Britain-in-Bloom competitions.
The pictures below show Robert Talbot, Chairman of the Lakes Line Rail User Group, with the Mayor of Kendal and the other shows the group who assembled for the official launch of the new flower planters.
Low emission car hire in the Lake District
The Co-Wheels Car Club has a fleet of low-carbon cars dotted around the Lakes. These are available to hire on a "pay as you go" basis from railway stations including Oxenholme and Windermere, and also from sites in Ambleside, Staveley and Coniston. Cars include a VW Up!, a Mini-Clubman and a Toyota Hybrid.
For more information, 'phone 0191 375 1050 or go to
The Electric Bicycle Network has expanded into the south Lakeland area around Windermere and is being promoted by the Lake District National Park as a good way of getting around the lanes and seeing the scenery. If you fancy cycling around the area without too much hard work on the hills, have a look at www.electricbicyclenetwork.com
For energetic visitors, you can hire a bike next to Windermere station or at the Mill Yard in Staveley, five minutes walk from the station. See www.countrylaneslakedistrict.co.uk and www.wheelbase.co.uk
The Electric Bikes Network has entered into partnership with First TransPennine Express for a joint promotion with EBN – 20% off bike hire in the Lake District with production of a valid rail ticket. This offer is being promoted on several websites including National Rail. This should encourage some visitors to the Lake District to think about leaving their car at home!
More station art
Seven art panels have now been added to the exhibition at Windermere railway station. These have been sponsored by the Lake District National Park and the art work was made by students from Kendal College. The public art on the Lakes Line is now complete and pictures can be seen on the Gallery pages. This exhibition was officially opened by Steve Ratcliffe from the Lake District National Park, Kathryn O'Brien of TransPennine Express, Mike Howard of Kendal College and Tim Owen, chairman of the Lakes Line CRP on Friday the 28th March, 2014.
Pictured during the official opening of the art exhibition:
On the left is Emma Moody of the Lake District NP, then Mick Elliot and Kathryn O'Brien of TransPennine Express, then Dick Smith of the CRP and The Lakes Line Rail User Group and, on the right, Steve Ratcliffe of the LDNP.
The plaque on the platform at Windermere railway station showing outlines of the art opposite and details of the student artists.
Right: Four of the winning student artists whose work is now on display on the opposite fence at Windermere station.
On the the messages on the new electronic screens being tested by TransPennine Express at Windermere, Staveley and Burneside stations on the Lakes Line. These screens also show timetables, the local A-Z and onward travel information.
Virgin Trains are offering a one way ticket to London from Lancaster at £20.50. 2for 1 offers fo some attractions are now available from Virgin Trains during the school holidays
In Virgin Trains current timetable, stations across Cumbria and the North West now have an hourly service to Birmingham International, Coventry and Milton Keynes.
Have a look at www.virgintrains.co.uk
Changes to Train Times
Weekend Engineering Works may affect journeys on the railway network and certain parts of your journey may need to be made by a replacement bus.
First TransPennine Express' website has a Changes to Train Times section
You can also call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or ask at your
local staffed station for further details.
Sent to Coventry
The Community Rail Partnership Officer and Hannah Forsgardh of Grasmere Gingerbread helping to promote direct train services to the Lake District from the West Midlands at Coventry station on the 9th December, 2013, This event was organised by Virgin Trains and Cumbria Tourism.
For special offers, have a look at the Tickets & Offers page on www.tpexpress.co.uk . Timetables are also available on www.nationalrail.co.uk . For more local news about the line, have a look at the "Line and Group News" page of the Lakes Line Rail User Group's website, www.lakeslinerailusers.org.uk .
Two new planters, full of plants, have been provided at Windermere station. These have been funded by the Lake District National Park and the Lakes Line Community Rail Partnership.
The planters were made by HMP Haverigg and planted by a local company.
Windermere station 1st Prize award for TransPennine Express
At the ACoRP Community Rail Awards, The 1st prize for Integrated Travel at Windermere.
First TransPennine Express is committed to improving the integration of its rail services into other modes of transport and in support of this they have introduced a Car Club scheme and motorised cycles at Windermere. They are also collaborating with local bus providers with a view to better aligning road connections.
Excellent News for the Lakes Line
Electric trains could soon be serving destinations in the heart of the Lake District as Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin unveiled his plans to electrify the Windermere line in Cumbria.
The Government is keen for the 10 miles/16 Km. of track which runs between Oxenholme station on the West Coast Main Line and Windermere station in the National Park to be converted to allow electric trains to run on the route.
Once the proposed £16m scheme is agreed, faster, greener, more reliable electric trains could link Kendal, Burneside, Staveley and Windermere directly to Manchester by 2016.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said,
“This is a key line to one of the most important tourist areas in the UK and I believe the rail industry has a role in making sure more people can travel comfortably to enjoy the beautiful lakes
“I recognise that strong rail links across the country are important drivers in our economic recovery at a national and regional level that is why we are pushing ahead with the biggest programmes of rail electrification ever.”
Subject to the business case confirming the project provides good value for money, Network Rail will be asked to undertake the work in conjunction with other North West rail electrification projects.
A new timetable will be considered as part of the new Northern and TransPennine franchises, both of which will commence in February 2016.
NicK Donovan, left, with Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, at Windermere station in front of a train bound for Manchester Airport.
Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, left, with Nick Donovan, MD of TransPennine Express, at Windermere station on the 9th August, 2013.
Members of the Lakes Line CRP and the Lakes Line Rail User Group warmly welcomed Patrick McLoughlin's statement about electrification of the Lakes Line from Oxenholme to Windermere.
In the picture are (left to right) Peter Robinson, Chairman of the Furness Line CRP; Jim Trotman, CRP Officer; Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport; Nick Donovan, MD of TransPennine Express; Tim Owen, Chairman of the Lakes Line CRP; Mike Nicholson, member of the Lakes Line Rail User group; Dick Smith, Secretary of the Lakes Line CRP and Rail User group, and; Kathryn O'Brien, Head of Franchise Development at TransPennine Express.
More Good News
This website and the other related Cumbrian CRP websites won first prize in the "Best Innovative use of Information Technology in the Promotion of Community Rail" category at the annual Community Rail awards in Llandudno at the end