Now into our 22nd year
While the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are in force, intending passengers are advised to travel only if really necessary and to bear in mind that many train and bus services are running a reduced timetable. Most Monday to Saturday services on the Barton line were due to resume as from Monday 18th May, with the exception of the 06:58 and 14:55 from Cleethorpes and back, but there have been some hiccups on the way; please check on northernrailway.co.uk before setting out. Passengers are still advised to travel only when necessary and to purchase tickets by card or phone if at all possible.
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The DfT has concluded its review and has decided to transfer the services of the Barton line from Northern to East Midlands Trains. This may be a staged process and no firm date has yet been set but is likely to be no earlier than May 2021. The DfT has also decided to take over the running of the Northern franchise from 1st March under an arrangement known as an Operator of Last Resort. The franchise had been due to run until March 2025.
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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 17:46 or 19:47 trains and departing on the 22:02 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 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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