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Founded 1998


Celebrating 175 years of the branch line between New Holland and Barton

1849   1st March   2024


North Lincolnshire Council has secured £19.7m of Levelling Up funds from the Government and some of this is to be spent on improvements to the transport interchange at Barton.  Supposed to be included in the plans are real-time passenger information, improved paving and shelters, covered parking and a charging point for bicycles, and 31 extra car parking spaces with 2 electric vehicle charging points.  The improvements to the car park are now complete (at 33 spaces) but all other work has yet to begin.

Face coverings are no longer mandatory on public transport but are still preferred.

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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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