Archive for the ‘National Issues’ Category

Virgin Trains scraps its Friday afternoon peak restrictions from Euston ….

Posted on November 5th, 2018, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. Virgin Trains has scrapped its Friday afternoon peak restrictions from Euston to ease overcrowding and enable weekend getaways to start earlier. The difference in many peak and off-peak fares previously led to huge demand for the first Friday night off-peak trains at about 1900. This led to many passengers having to […]

With combined delays of 14-years, why are Greater Manchester’s rail upgrade projects now so off-track? ….

Posted on January 23rd, 2018, by The Chairman

A well-researched article from the Manchester Evening News spotted by Paul Wilkinson – With combined delays of 14-years, why are Greater Manchester’s rail upgrade projects now so off-track?

Government to explore opening mid Cheshire and airport rail links ….

Posted on December 30th, 2017, by The Chairman

Following much hard work by MCRUA and others, the Department for Transport is set to examine reopening the Mid Cheshire Rail Link with business leaders, following pressure from the Government’s deputy chief whip. A working group is set to be formed by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and officials from the DfT […]

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? …. […]

The trouble with our trains ….

Posted on November 9th, 2016, by The Chairman

Mike Battman writes …. For those of you who missed the Panorama programme … Our Mid Cheshire Line featured!

MCRUA response to Inter-City West Coast Franchise Consultation ….

Posted on August 2nd, 2016, by The Chairman

The Inter-City West Coast franchise consultation covers the services currently operated by Virgin Trains West Coast. MCRUA felt it important to submit a robust response to this consultation arguing the case for better services, connections and facilities, as well as the re-instatement of the pre-privatisation services from Hartford to London and north to Warrington and […]

MCRUA response to Wales & Borders Franchise Consultation ….

Posted on May 9th, 2016, by The Chairman

The Wales & Borders franchise consultation was launched by the Welsh Government and covers the services currently operated by Arriva Trains Wales. This includes the Chester to Manchester via Warrington line, the Manchester to Crewe, Shrewsbury, Hereford to South Wales services and the Chester to Crewe service. We understand the franchise’s most profitable services are […]

MCRUA supports the Halton Curve upgrade ….

Posted on June 19th, 2015, by The Chairman

MCRUA has sent a letter of support to Merseytravel in respect of the proposed upgrade of the Halton Curve. A copy of the letter can be downloaded here – haltoncurve_l1 For those who would rather not download it, here it is …. ***************************************************************************************** 16 June 2015   Mr Frank Rogers Director of Integrated Transport Services […]

Northern Rail and the future franchise ….

Posted on January 18th, 2015, by The Chairman

Last November, Stephen Waring, Chair of the Halifax & District Rail Action Group (HADRAG) wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport following the continuing talk about Northern Rail being the most heavily subsidised train operator (it isn’t), and there being a need for “more for less” in the future Northern franchise, political speak that […]

North of England rail services: Busting the myths ….

Posted on October 19th, 2014, by The Chairman

Campaign for Better Transport has released a briefing entitled “North of England rail services: Busting the myths”. Well worth a read. There’s some interesting “myths” discussed in here, including: – “The north’s railways are heavily subsidised”. This depends how you work the sums out …. Assuming the same train track access charge for a single […]