Temporary timetable remains in place on Cumbrian Coast line: Parton headline shot

15 March 2020

Temporary timetable remains in place on Cumbrian Coast line

Rail passengers travelling on the Cumbrian Coast line are advised to check before they travel while emergency repairs are made to a damaged underbridge. 

On Thursday (12th March) 60mph winds and huge waves driven by 10m high tides battered the railway bridge at Parton.

The angry onshore swells hurled rocks from the beach cracking the walls and ceiling of the bridge and destabilising the railway above.

Images of the track show a section of ground giving way just inches from the railway.

Network Rail engineers’ first move was to halt trains to keep passengers safe while urgent steps are taken to fix things. The line will hopefully reopen March 23 with a single track so a special timetable will remain in place.

Bus replacement services are in operation between Whitehaven and Parton until Network Rail engineers can shore up the structure to allow train services to continue.

Phil James, route director for the North West said: “I am sorry for the disruption experienced by West Cumbrian passengers following damage to the bridge at Parton after yesterday’s high tides.

“We’re working very hard to make the necessary repairs to reopen the line to passenger and freight trains while still competing with high tides.

“Passengers wishing to travel on the Cumbrian Coast line should check nationalrail.co.uk as their journeys may take longer.”

Chris Jackson, Regional Director for Northern, said: “Our colleagues at Network Rail are working around the clock to repair the damage and get the railway up and running again.

“In the meantime, I’m calling on all Northern passengers to be patient and plan their journeys carefully. We’ve introduced temporary timetables on the Cumbrian Coast line so trains will not be running at the usual times.

“We’re doing all we can to keep people on the move and will reintroduce a full service as soon as possible.”

Engineers are still competing with high tides to carry out inspections the structure. Once complete, emergency repairs will be carried out throughout the weekend and into next week.

Contact Information

Glyn Hellam

Media Manager

Northern

01904 568652

07795 008693

Glyn.Hellam@northernrailway.co.uk

@northern_pr

Notes to editors

Northern's temporary timetable for Monday 16 March 

Line of Route: Barrow – Carlisle via Whitehaven

Departure Time

Origin

Destination

06:30

05:58

06:51

07:50

09:27

10:22

10:13

12:06

13:16

13:13

14:49

15:44

17:49

15:32

18:07

19:12

19:13

22:09

WHITEHAVEN

BARROW  

BARROW  

BARROW  

BARROW   

BARROW  

LANCASTER

BARROW  

BARROW  

LANCASTER

BARROW  

BARROW  

WHITEHAVEN

PRESTON 

BARROW  

BARROW  

LANCASTER

WHITEHAVEN

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

           

Line of Route: Carlisle – Barrow via Whitehaven

Departure Time

Origin

Destination

05:48

05:53

06:19

07:10

08:08

09:02

10:13

11:07

12:10

13:07

14:08

14:41

15:12

15:59

17:07

17:54

19:09

20:00

20:55

22:01

MARYPORT

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

CARLISLE

BARROW  

BARROW  

BARROW  

LANCASTER

BARROW  

BARROW  

LANCASTER

BARROW  

BARROW  

LANCASTER

BARROW  

BARROW  

BARROW  

WHITEHAVEN

BARROW  

BARROW  

PRESTON 

WHITEHAVEN

WHITEHAVEN

WHITEHAVEN