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14 June 2018

Statement on Northern Rail

Following a meeting today of Cumbria County Council's Cabinet, Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Transport has made the following statement:

"Over recent weeks we have been working closely with Transport for the North to identify ways of quickly restoring a train service to this important tourist destination. We have had extensive discussions and we believe that Northern Rail have understood our concerns and the fears of local businesses in the midst of their very important tourist season.

"We believe that by early July we will have a temporary rail based solution in place from Oxenholme to Windermere as well as a longer term plan for improvements to the whole Northern service. This follows extensive lobbying and the unswerving support of everyone who has been affected by the disruption on this line.

"As well as the transport solution, we are also pressing them for additional investment to help tackle lost valuable tourism income to the area and we are recommending that they fund a major marketing campaign to help re-attract tourists back to our beautiful county.

"What we have made clear throughout all of this is that Cumbria won’t just sit back and take this kind of disruption and that we will do all that we can to protect the interests of our residents and businesses alike.

"We have also been very clear with Northern that we are expecting the final introduction of the new timetable to result in a better service than we have had over the last 12 months.”



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Following a meeting today of Cumbria County Council's Cabinet, Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Transport has made a statement on Northern Rail