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Buses replace trains between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster until at least the end of Sunday 21 April 

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Service alteration details

Incident reported: 22 Mar 2024 at 06:48

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Last updated

12 Apr 2024 at 22:36

Train operators affected

Route(s) affected

Between Workington and Preston, and between Barrow-in-Furness and Manchester Victoria / Manchester Airport


On Friday 22 March, a train derailed in the Grange-over-Sands area.

Specialist teams have successfully re-railed and moved the train, but whilst repair work continues, all lines between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster will remain closed.

Disruption is expected until at least the end of the day on Sunday 21 April.

Customer advice:

Ticket acceptance:

You can use your ticket on the following services at no extra cost:

  • Avanti West Coast between Carlisle and Lancaster

  • TransPennine Express between Carlisle and Lancaster

Northern services running between Windermere and Manchester Airport, and between Barrow-in-Furness and Workington are not affected by this incident.

Ticket restrictions have been lifted during this disruption.

Rail replacement transport:

Until Sunday 14 April

To assist customers to complete their journey, a rail replacement service is running between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster, in both directions, calling at all stations.

For customers travelling to and from Kents Bank station, please be advised that due to building works near the station, the bus pick up point has changed. Up to and including Sunday 14 April, buses will pick up from local bus stops on Allithwaite Road (B5277) at the junction with Kirkhead Road. For customers who require stations to Barrow-in-Furness please use the stop on the Kirkhead side of the road, for customers requiring stations to Lancaster, please use the opposite side of the road. Please be advised these bus stops are approximately 15 minutes walk from Kents Bank station.

From Monday 15 April

The main bus service between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster will no longer serve Kents Bank.

Instead, the Lancaster to Grange-over-Sands minibus service will be extended to serve Kents Bank, stopping at the station entrance.

Customers travelling between Barrow-in-Furness and Kents Bank will need to change onto the minibus between Grange-over-Sands and Kents Bank at Grange-over-Sands station.

Lancaster to Barrow-in-Furness (in both directions) calling at Lancaster, Carnforth, Grange-over-Sands, Cark, Ulverston, Dalton, Roose & Barrow-in-Furness,

Lancaster to Grange over Sands and Kents Bank (in both directions) calling at Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands, Arnside, Silverdale, Carnforth and Lancaster.

Please be aware that journey times will be extended by approximately 90 minutes when travelling using rail replacement transport.

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey up to and including Friday 19 April using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner. ​​​From Saturday 20 April onwards, please check back closer to your travel date.

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility information, please use this page.

You can find the location of your replacement bus by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.


You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.