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Government’s failure to intervene over Lakes Line shambles is letting local people down – MP

May 1, 2018 4:52 PM

Tim at Windermere stationLocal MP Tim Farron has hit out over the Government's failure to intervene over the current dire situation on the Lakes Line.

There were at least 19 days in April when trains on the line, which runs from Windermere to Oxenholme, were cancelled, causing much frustration for local passengers.

On their behalf, Tim has written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling multiple times over the past month, urging him to step in and strip Northern of the franchise.

However, the Transport Secretary has so far failed to respond to a single one of Tim's letters.

Tim said: "The situation on the Lakes Line is now beyond a joke.

"The huge volume of cancelled trains over the past few weeks is leading to local people being forced to turn up late to work.

"This is also starting to do damage to the Lake District's reputation, with people visiting our part of the world who were expecting a first-class service being given no service at all.

"The Government needs to stop taking people in our area for granted and instead step in to do something about this shambles."