Archive for the ‘From the Chairman’ Category

Winter 2017/18 “Rail Report” postponed to January ….

Posted on December 17th, 2017, by The Chairman

We know some of you are wondering when our Winter Rail Report is going to arrive as it’s timed for despatch with the new Mid Cheshire LIne Winter timetable leaflet which started on 10 December. We were expecting to hear the confirmation of the May 2018 “Two Trains an Hour” timetable by mid-November and were […]

Arriva Trains Wales Club 55 – a struggle from Mid Cheshire! ….

Posted on January 17th, 2017, by The Chairman

The Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) Club 55 offer is back on again. Potentially great news for those of us over 55. But from this part of the world, it’s very difficult to use, especially so when compared to the Transpennine Express Club 55 offers. Being unable to start a journey before 9am Monday-Friday precludes days […]

Have you seen our new tickets? BIG!! ….

Posted on December 30th, 2016, by The Chairman

For those who haven’t seen them yet …. …. they’re there on the counter below Cheryl at a very festive Knutsford station. It seems the credit card sized tickets from the AVantix portable machines are being replaced. Above are 4 of the new style SINGLES from Knutsford to Mobberley bought from a conductor. If they […]

Everything you know about train fares is wrong! ….

Posted on December 22nd, 2016, by The Chairman

It’s the time of year in the run up to Christmas and New Year when the press run out of good stories. Then along come the main annual train fares rises. This is when we are reminded yet again that train fares in Britain are the most expensive in the world. Or are they? …. […]

Seating on Northern’s New Trains ….

Posted on September 4th, 2016, by The Chairman

Stakeholders were invited to view the potential new seating (3 types) for Northern’s new trains at Victoria last Thursday and Friday. Here’s me and Martin Keating from Northern’s Performance Team trying out option A. (Martin was very helpful with us on performance, but moved up in the team, now being involved with Delay Attrbution [who […]

High Speed Stockport. STAND WELL BACK! ….

Posted on June 17th, 2016, by The Chairman

The train now passing platform 2 at Stockport …. …. would probably come off the track on the pointwork at the south end of the platform if it were doing 125mph. Fortunately, the drivers haven’t spotted this notice. According to the Sectional Appendices, the line speed through platform 2 is 25mph (90mph up to the […]

John Hulme awarded the British Empire Medal ….

Posted on June 13th, 2016, by The Chairman

We were delighted to hear on 11 June that John Hulme, our Vice Chairman, has been honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queens 90th Birthday Honours List. I’ve adapted the press release a little, below …. *********************************************************************************************** The award is for John’s community services to railways in Cheshire and and is not […]

Northern re-branding – the secret’s out! ….

Posted on March 8th, 2016, by The Chairman

Arriva Rail North take on the Northern franchise from 1 April 2016, taking over from what is currently known as Northern Rail and run as a joint venture between Abellio (as subsidiary of Dutch Railways) and Serco. We know that the branding is to change, and we think the colours are changing, too. It is […]

Michael Portillo comes to the Mid Cheshire Line ….

Posted on January 2nd, 2016, by The Chairman

Happy New Year from us all. Next week Michael Portillo brings his Great Rail Journeys on BBC2 to the Mid Cheshire Line. Thursday 1830 – St Helens to Knutsford Friday 1830 – Ashley to Alton. Don’t miss it! 🙂

Railway Children Charity Challenge ….

Posted on December 12th, 2015, by The Chairman

The Railway Children Charity is strongly supported by many in the rail industry. It’s based in Sandbach. MCRUA has donated some of its railtour raffle proceeds in the past to the Railway Children through our contacts in Network Rail. Those with longer memories may remember when our Mid Cheshire Line services were run by First […]