Archive for March, 2010

Eco offer for Chester Food & Drink Festival ….

Posted on March 31st, 2010, by The Chairman

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival from 3-5 April is apparently the first UK festival to launch an ‘eco-ticket’. £2 will be refunded on proof of travelling to the festival by public transport – either bus or train or if you ride your bike. For more details, click here.

Manchester Piccadilly to gain cycle centre ….

Posted on March 29th, 2010, by The Chairman

According to Crain’s Manchester Business, Manchester’s first cycle centre is to be set up at Piccadilly station. It will offer secure parking for bikes and may also have facilities such as an information point, cycle hire and bike maintenance. Manchester City Council and Salford City Council have commissioned a report which identified a number of […]

The Goshawk, Mouldsworth – keep your ticket! ….

Posted on March 28th, 2010, by The Chairman

Across the road from Mouldsworth station is one of Cheshire’s best gastropubs. Originally known as “The Station Hotel”, it was bought by local pub company Woodward & Falconer around 10 years ago. They have invested significantly in bringing it up to its current excellent standards, improving its interior as well as the surrounding gardens. The […]

Bikes, trains and Delamere Forest ….

Posted on March 17th, 2010, by The Chairman

One of our members writes: “I used the 1017 from Piccadilly last Saturday, which was full and standing from Stockport. “The conductor had trouble persuading kids to put their bikes out of the way – there were about 10 and they were going to Delamere. “I have seen increaing numbers of people using Delamere for […]

TPE moves into electronic ticketing ….

Posted on March 16th, 2010, by The Chairman

Slowly Britain’s Railways are crawling into the electronic age. First we had Wrexham & Shropshire with their tickets by text message, then Virgin had a trial of e-tickets from Manchester to London only, subsequently, I think, discontinued. Now TransPennine Express (TPE) have started with print your own tickets. Here’s an example from a few days […]

Tram/Train – why are we waiting? ….

Posted on March 16th, 2010, by The Chairman

Tram/Train for our line would be brilliant! After all the disappointment of having our services downgraded: – when the line through Sale was handed over to Metrolink in 1990, and then again: – in December 2008, when the Department for Transport (DfT) allocated more of the line capacity between Stockport and Manchester for “more and […]

High Speed 2 – Liverpool & Manchester included ….

Posted on March 11th, 2010, by The Chairman

The outline of the proposed route for “High Speed 2”, the TGV-style line proposed to the West Midlands and then northwards, was announced today. According to a press release, Lord Adonis said: “I am today publishing HS2 Ltd’s report together with the Government’s proposed high speed rail strategy, which is based on HS2 Ltd’s analysis. […]

Mid-Cheshire Rail Replacement Bus Plans ….

Posted on March 8th, 2010, by The Chairman

Happily at present we only see rail replacement buses planned for late evenings every 6th week. Not at all would be even better, but it appears Network Rail have a contractual right to demand these. Less often, we have unplanned (emergency) services when things go wrong. The most recent occurrence was on 17 February when […]

Funding confirmed for Metrolink extensions ….

Posted on March 8th, 2010, by The Chairman

The Government has just approved £121m for two more Metrolink extensions. The proposed 4.5km Chorlton to East Didsbury extension, on a former railway line, will include five new stops connecting Chorlton with Withington, West Didsbury, Burton Road Didsbury Village and East Didsbury. The Ashton extension will see 3.9 km of new track laid and four […]

Arthur Sancto – a fitting tribute ….

Posted on March 5th, 2010, by The Chairman

Arthur Sancto 1944 – 2009 Arthur, our MCRUA Secretary, was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, where his father worked as an armature winder for the Great Western Railway. He developed an early interest in the railways and was a keen train-spotter. On leaving school, aged 16, he took up an engineering apprenticeship with the Western Region […]