Trains on Settle Carlisle railway affect cyclists

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atoz
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Trains on Settle Carlisle railway affect cyclists

Postby atoz » Fri Jun 01, 2007 15:46 pm

Dear all

Those of us who use the Settle Carlisle railway to get further into the Dales and Lakes will be disappointed to learn that the rolling stock on this route has been altered, to the detriment of cyclists.

The class 156 DMU's used on this route until quite recently, although hardly perfect for carrying cyclists, were one of the better designs in this respect. Unfortunately, these units have been cascaded elsewhere, to be replaced by an influx of Class 158 Express Sprinters. These are probably one of the poorer designs for cycle space. The guard I talked to admitted that these trains were bad on luggage space and accessibility generally, as well as for cyclists.

There is a luggage space that could conceivably be altered so that both luggage capacity and cycle storage on these trains could be improved. It is near the exit to the coaches. When I pointed this out to the guard, he actually said he would mention it to his manager. He said he personally preferred the class 156 design for this and other reasons.


Use of cycle space is not just useful to those of us on a day trip to
the Dales. It's also useful for people who live in and visit the Eden
Valley, which has a well signposted cycle route running conveniently
close to S & C stations in the Eden Valley.


I would ask that everyone who uses this line, and has noticed the same problem, to contact Northern Rail at
http://www.northernrail.org/contact/index.asp. It may also be worth
contacting the Friends of the Settle Carlisle line - email
info@settle-carlisle.co.uk; and also West Yorkshire Metro- feedback
form at http://www.wymetro.com/applications/webqde/webqde.aspx


Also, if like me, you want to help lobby for increased investment in
tracks and trains, it's a good idea to visit
http://www.sardineman.org.uk/

PS if you don't know which train is which- this link on Wikipedia gives details of the trains now running on the S & C - the class 158's - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_158

The ones Northern Rail used to use - the Class 156 - details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_156

Thanks

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Postby atoz » Sat Jun 02, 2007 08:56 am

As a postcript to my posting yesterday- it would appear that my concerns have already been discussed by others between Friends of the Settle Carlisle line and Northern Rail- apparently "the partition of the 'cupboard' where cycles are stored will be removed to make access easier, and they are willing to consider other suggestions".

Sounds like people are willing to respond to reasonable suggestions. So if you have any, probably would be a good thing to send an email or two.

Thanks

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Postby 2Smart » Mon Jun 04, 2007 16:43 pm

Northern Rail has a cycle strategy which is worth getting hold of and they do seem to be committed to improving cycle facilities. They still have a long way to go though, but are certainly better than many other train companies I can think of.


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