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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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No trains after World Cup matches in Cumbria

There will be no trains to take fans home after the Rugby League World Cup matches in Workington.

Workington’s Derwent Park hosts the match between Scotland and Tonga, at 8pm on Tuesday October 29, and the fixture between Scotland and Italy at 4pm on Sunday November 3.

Trains stop running long before the end of the Tonga game.

And on Sundays there are only three between Carlisle and Whitehaven – none south of Whitehaven – all of which will be replaced by buses on November 3 because of engineering work between Workington and Wigton.

Allerdale Council has asked Northern Rail to put on extra trains but the company says that is impossible.

Craig Harrop, client and stakeholder manager at Northern, said: “We are not in a position to run extra services without additional funding from a third party. Therefore we cannot provide anything over and above our published timetable for either of the matches in Workington.

“To run a train outside of scheduled time would mean it is displaced for the following day, meaning customers cannot get to work.”

Northern says the Sunday engineering work is planned up to three years in advance.

Talks between Allerdale and Northern are continuing. The company was due to meet council representatives again today.

Meanwhile, Mr Harrop is advising passengers to uses Stagecoach buses instead.

These will allow fans to get home to destinations in west Cumbria, and to Wigton and Carlisle.

The last bus from Workington to Carlisle on the Tuesday is at 10.15pm, with a change at Cockermouth, while on the Sunday there is a direct bus from Workington to Carlisle at 6.35pm.

Have your say

So Northern Rail say NO. Is this an opportunty for the coach companies to run trips?

Posted by T W on 17 October 2013 at 17:17

Billyboy, organised well enough to get the allocated money for the stadium after the jameaters once again embarrassed the area. Thanks by the way, Derwent park looks lovely, will be great seeing world cup games played in front of excellent crowds.

Posted by davetherabe on 12 October 2013 at 11:09

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