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Note that the Barton - Cleethorpes train services are not normally affected by strikes by Northern Rail staff as these are manned by TPE staff.

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 FBL is a formally constituted Rail User Group which was inaugurated on 16th July 1998 to represent and lobby for the customers of the railway linking Barton Upon Humber and Cleethorpes in north-east England.  Our purpose is to promote and seek improvements to the services and infrastructure in order to stimulate better use of this valuable community asset.

We do this by communicating constructively with the local Train Operating Companies and other stakeholders, distributing timetables and publicity, interfacing with the public, and by running occasional special events that entail using the train.  We also strive to communicate with the various Local Authorities and Parish Councils along the route, maintain close links with the Lincolnshire branch of Railfuture, attend national conferences on railway policy, and participate in the Station Adoption Scheme.

We meet bimonthly in committee, either from 8pm at the Sloop inn (500 yards north along Waterside Road from Barton station) or from 7pm at the No.1 at Cleethorpes station.  The Sloop meetings are generally preceded from 6pm by a convivial group meal.  The times are convenient for members arriving on the 17:44 or 19:49 trains and departing on the 21:58 train.  A free lift to meet the trains can be arranged upon request to the Secretary or Membership Secretary.

Our events are generally free and open to all but paid-up members enjoy several additional benefits.  These are outlined on the Support Us page in the Site Map on the left.  If you are interested in joining us then please fill in the application form within the Support Us page.  For details of our past activities, achievements, aspirations and acknowledgements click on Aspirations.


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