1. ITV Report

MP meets rail bosses to discuss Easter Lakes Line closure

Closures to Easter Saturday and Sunday services could mean holidaymakers coming to the area will miss out. Credit: ITV News

A Cumbrian MP will meet rail bosses today to discuss serious concerns about the closure of the Lakes Line, between Oxenholme and Windermere, over the Easter holidays.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron believes major disruption to services on will mean holidaymakers visiting the area will miss out.

Network Rail plan on carrying out maintenance work on both Easter Saturday and Sunday.

MP Tim Farron speaking during Transport Questions last week. Credit: Office of MP Tim Farron

Easter weekend is massive for Cumbria’s tourism industry so there is no doubt that this is going to be a huge kick in the teeth for our local economy."

“Network Rail could have literally picked any other time of the year to do this work but instead chose one of the busiest travelling weekends of the year – common sense has been well and truly chucked out of the window."

“This is a slap in the face for people wanting to visit our beautiful part of the world, as well as for local people wanting to visit family and friends at Easter, and especially for our vital hospitality and tourist industry.”

– Tim Farron, MP

It's not the first time the Lakes Line has seen delays and cancellations - last year, Northern Rail called off all 34 timetabled services.

For almost eight weeks all trains were replaced with buses which sparked an inquiry into the summer of disruption.

Tim Farron hopes Network Rail bosses will re-think the decision in a meeting today.