Archive for February, 2013

Chester Station refurbishment “grinds on”! ….

Posted on February 28th, 2013, by The Chairman

Finishing Chester Station does seem to be taking ages, though it should look very good once it’s done. The work on the footbridge is still “grinding on” despite the signs originally stating it would be completed before Christmas (2012). George Jones (of the Llangollen Railway and Shrewsbury-Chester Rail Users fame) has provided us with a […]

Mid Cheshire Passenger Counts – Interim January 2013 Report ….

Posted on February 24th, 2013, by The Chairman

Many of you know that with the support of Northern Rail we recommenced our passenger counts on the Mid Cheshire line in September 2012. We’re pleased to provide an interim report based on the counts taken in 2012, see below. With results as interesting and encouraging as these, we’ve decided to continue the counts into […]

Stockport Station celebrates 170 years ….

Posted on February 16th, 2013, by sally.buttifant

Sally, the Community Rail Officer and one of our MCRUA members attended 170 years celebrations at Stockport Station which originally opened on 15th Feb 1843 – shortly after the viaduct was finished. A member of the Virgin Trains Station Staff – Niki Abnett (in the photo below) – decided to research the history and put up […]

Altrincham Interchange work starts ….

Posted on February 13th, 2013, by The Chairman

Andrew Macfarlane writes: We had a presentation from TfGM at Monday night’s Friends of Altrincham Interchange meeting about the current state of play with the Interchange scheme. To summarise: All necessary approvals are now in place for the scheme to commence onsite including Planning Approval, Network Rail Form 1 to 4 Design Approvals, Landlord’s Consent […]

New picture in The Railway Inn ….

Posted on February 10th, 2013, by The Chairman

Tony & Lynda recently acquired a new railway picture to add to their collection on the pub walls. But what is it of and where was it taken? The first correct answer (verified somehow!) gets a free pint from me in The Railway. Dunham Big Tree, Black Sheep, guest ale or some of that fizzy […]

Passenger Loads increase ….

Posted on February 8th, 2013, by The Chairman

Northern have just provided us with the Mid Cheshire line “official” passenger figures for 2012. These are: – Revenue Northern Area West overall +10.8% Mid Cheshire line +12% Journeys Northern Area West overall +1.3m, i.e. +3.8% Mid Cheshire line +98,000, i.e. +7.3% Scholar season tickets sold were 370 from 1 September – 31 December 2012 […]

Great wins at 2012 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards ….

Posted on February 7th, 2013, by The Chairman

We had some great wins at the recent 2012 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards. Congratulations on our patch go to all involved with Chester, Delamere, Hartford, Northwich and Plumley, as well as to Sally our CRO wearing her other hat for Ellesmere Port and Little Sutton.  Nearby Chelford got a special award, too. Here’s coverage on the Marketing […]

HS2 plans strengthen case for reopening of Middlewick link ….

Posted on February 4th, 2013, by The Chairman

With the announcement that it is intended HS2 will call at Crewe, this considerably strengthens the case for reopening the Middlewich link. This would make it easier for those in places like Knutsford, Northwich and Middlewich to get to an HS2 station and to get there by public transport, the public transport alternative to Manchester […]