Lake District operators fear loss of vital summer income as travellers face rail chaos

Late on Monday morning, a steady stream of tourists wheeling large suitcases were making their way out of the Lake District’s Oxenholme station and on to a cluster of awaiting buses destined for Windermere. For the next two weeks these buses will stand in for the Lakes Line, a train line first opened in 1847, which was suspended by operator Northern on Monday, after weeks of mass cancellations and delays.

“The key is to keep smiling and to keep talking to people and telling them what’s going on,” said a train line worker, wearing a high-vis jacket and helping to load people’s suitcases onto a bus.

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