Passengers travelling between Oxenholme and Windermere this Easter will be able to use a specially-chartered train.

This comes after concerns rose over the decision to close the line over the holiday to make way for major maintenance work, on both Saturday and Sunday, on the adjoining West Coast main line.

Set up by local MP Tim Farron, Network Rail and charter operator West Coast Railways, the rail service will be free of charge to use.

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The Cumbrian MP met with rail bosses in February to discuss the serious concerns over the closure of the line over one of the the busiest holidays.

Tim Farron responded to the announcement : “I’m absolutely over the moon that we’ve been able to secure this service. Easter is crucial to the Lake District economy so this is brilliant news that they’ll be a train running on the Lakes line this weekend.”

“We are pleased to provide this additional travel option for customers travelling to and from Britain’s leading holiday resort, especially over the Easter weekend, which marks the start of the summer tourist season. Our Lakes charter service is the result of some great, customer-focused teamwork.”

Martin Frobisher, managing director for Network Rail’s London North Western route.

The extra train service will be scheduled to leave shortly after replacement buses.

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