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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Anger as Carlisle Fireshow spectators told 'don't take the train'

Train chiefs have been criticised for not making sure they can meet demand for people travelling to Carlisle Fireshow.

Northern Rail has advised those travelling from west Cumbria to use alternative forms of transport, where possible, if heading to the city tomorrow night.

The firm says track maintenance means extra carriages cannot be put on to meet anticipated demand for people wanting to go to the event, expected to be attended by around 35,000 spectators.

A notice has been put up by Northern at Carlisle station warning travellers about the situation and saying the scheduled 8.05pm train to Whitehaven on Saturday, stopping at places including Wigton and Aspatria, will now not leave until 8.45pm. The 9.45pm will run as normal.

Craig Johnston, a senior official with rail union the RMT, is furious at the situation. He said: “It’s shocking. They are letting the county down.”

A Northern Rail spokesman said: “Our planning teams work closely with organisers of events such as the Carlisle Fireshow to ensure sufficient travel options are available to those who wish to attend. We always look at every option available to us.

"This year, however, we have been unable to provide an additional service for the fireshow due to Network Rail’s planned engineering work.”

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