Tony Potts, Copeland Rail Users Group said: "We don't want to see a micro franchise here on the west coast. Being independent from the main line could cost us our links to Lancaster and the North East. We want to see better connections. The line should be improved but not in the way suggested."
The future of Cumbria's coastal rail line is to be discussed.
The county council is assessing whether it would be viable for the takeover of the line's franchise, up for renewal next year.
The council wants to discuss the proposal with several interested parties, such as existing rail companies.