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Now into our 23rd year


As from Monday 13th December 2021, the class 153 trains which operate on the Barton line have been replaced by class 156 units.  These are more reliable and comfortable and are more disabled friendly.  The train crews have also changed.  We bid farewell to the TPE crews who have served us for many years and we welcome our new drivers from Freightliner and conductors from East Midlands Railway.  The train times remain the same with just a few minor changes.

Face coverings are again mandatory on public transport unless exempt.

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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 White Swan inn at barton interchange or from 7pm at the No.1 at Cleethorpes station.  The White Swan meetings are generally preceded from 6pm by a convivial group meal.  The times are convenient for members arriving on the 17:49 or 19:50 trains and departing on the 22:04 train.  Similarly the No.1 meetings are preceded by a meal from 4pm at the White Swan before catching the 17:54 train for Cleethorpes.

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 on this site's menu.  If you are interested in joining us then please fill in the application form within the Support Us page.


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