The Settle - Carlisle Railway

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Settle to Carlisle

Introduction & FAQ’s

The Settle-Carlisle line is part of the national rail network with diesel train services operating between Leeds and Appleby daily (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).  Storm Desmond and the inclement weather of winter 2015-16 resulted in a land slip north of Armathwaite causing the closure of the line between Appleby and Carlisle.  A major engineering project is underway but it is anticipated this section of the route will be closed for several months.  A direct bus service is operating Carlisle to/from Appleby with a second bus calling at all stations between Carlisle and Appleby.

Your journey may start and end at any of the stations along the line or you may have travelled to/from other parts of the country.  A range of tickets are available (single, return, open return and advance purchase). Advance purchase tickets do not provide a seat reservation for trains (unlike on other routes).

If you are boarding the train at a manned station, you should purchase your ticket before boarding the train.

You can view our latest timetables, in the Timetables section of our website.

To complement your journey, we offer an at seat refreshment trolley service on most trains.

Visit our stations section for lots more about the route and local information.

There are occasions when track and railway structure maintenance necessitates some of the line being closed to trains. Check out our engineering work information.

You can learn about the assistance which can be provided to assist disabled and older passengers here. Wheelchairs and powered wheelchairs can be carried on trains operated by Northern. All trains have space for at least one wheelchair. For safety reasons Northern cannot take any mobility scooters on the trains unless they can be folded down before boarding and carried on like luggage.

For more useful information, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions …

Below is an illustration of the route map for the Settle to Carlisle Railway, this also shows the stations between Lancaster and Settle, and Leeds and Settle. Please note that the route map is not to scale.



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