Archive for November, 2013

get me there – Getting closer! ….

Posted on November 30th, 2013, by The Chairman

Mike Battman writes …. Navigation Road has received its ‘smart readers’ as the countdown to using smart ticketing in Greater Manchester continues with more than 350 of these new devices being installed across the Metrolink network. As yet Altrincham has not had theirs installed. Passengers can pre-register their interest in the “get me there” scheme […]

Metrolink Update – November 2013 (2) ….

Posted on November 29th, 2013, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes: Since Sunday 4 November the Metrolink line of sight working has been extended from Old Trafford Tunnel to the Old Trafford stop near the Cricket Club. The effect inbound is a smoother transition at the junction with the East Didsbury line so that trams pass their last BR-type signal between Stretford and […]

Sardines on the 0717 ….

Posted on November 27th, 2013, by The Chairman

Success can be a problem …. Regular readers will remember that the free faith school transport funded by Cheshire East Council was discontinued from September 2012. This led to even more scholars using the Mid Cheshire line to get to the 4 schools and The Mid Cheshire College sites adjacent to Greenbank station, the main […]

Knutsford Rail Walks Presentation and Survey Results ….

Posted on November 26th, 2013, by The Chairman

This lunchtime, the winner of the Knutsford Rail Walks prize was presented with her certificate (a meal for 4 at The Railway Inn, Mobberley) by Lynda Davies, landlady at The Railway Inn. The winner, Yvette, had been one of 24 who had responded to the questionnaire, and who had been randomly selected (using the random […]

Friends of the Mid Cheshire line gain 2013 Award ….

Posted on November 24th, 2013, by The Chairman

Congratulations to all our volunteers involved in this excellent achievement. The Knutsford Guardian caputes the story brilliantly …. We know you would have done it anyway, but getting this award is recognition indeed. Well done, everyone. We know what you do is appreciated by the very many, and demonstrates how our railway is seen very […]

Virgin arrives at Chester. Oops! ….

Posted on November 20th, 2013, by The Chairman

Oh dear! John Murray tells us: “In case you missed it, the 10:10 Euston to Chester Virgin service collided with the buffers on arrival, demolishing the glass screen and the cycle racks. One passenger has been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital with spinal injuries which aren’t thought to be serious, another was treated […]

Bike & Go launches at Altrincham and Knutsford ….

Posted on November 20th, 2013, by The Chairman

Many of you will have seen the Bike & Go stands and bikes at Altrincham and Knutsford on the Mid Cheshire line; they’re also at Wilmslow. Here’s an article in today’s Knutsford Guardian with a review. This looks like an excellent initiative, especially for the warmer months. If you’re a user, we’d be delighted to […]

Metrolink Update – November 2013 (1) ….

Posted on November 13th, 2013, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. Cornbrook continues to cause problems which are many and varied. They did not show up prior to live running through the various junctions. The current weekend disruptions are due to work to enable the switching off the BR style block signals to introduce line of sight for trams with signals at […]

TfGM prefers Marple over Mid Cheshire Tram-Train ….

Posted on November 3rd, 2013, by The Chairman

Recent reports placed in the public domain for the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee Capital Projects and Policy Sub Committee on 8 November 2013 include the proposed Tram-Train Strategy for Greater Manchester under Item 8. The item starts on p.41. Extension to Hale is costed at £81m and to Knutsford at £160m. Seems a huge […]