Archive for the ‘National Issues’ Category

Email the Chancellor by 17 October 2014!! ….

Posted on October 14th, 2014, by The Chairman

We have received the following through “Campaign for Better Transport”. (Please note responses can be sent direct to Government or through the template provided by Campaign for Better Transport – see below). ************************************************************************ “The Chancellor of the Exchequer is asking people to email him with suggestions for what spending commitments he should make in his […]

MCRUA responds to DfT Northern/TPE consultation ….

Posted on September 1st, 2014, by The Chairman

It all seems a long time ago …. We held our public meeting on 13 March 2012 on the Northern Franchise Renewal. Lee Wasnidge, then Area Director West presented to us on Northern’s aspirations, supported by Northern’s then Stakeholder Manager for the Mid Cheshire Line, Mark Barker. Our committee and Sally, our CRO used the […]

Travelling to London during August ….

Posted on July 30th, 2014, by Vice Chairman

If you plan to travel to London by train between August 9-11, August 16-18 and August 23-25 (all Saturdays to Mondays) there will be significant disruption on the West Coast Mainline affecting those who may be travelling from or to Mid Cheshire Line stations. It means you will have to find alternative routes – which […]

Northern Rail Franchise and Rolling Stock Position ….

Posted on February 10th, 2014, by The Chairman

Craig Harrop, Northern’s Client and Stakeholder Manager West very helpfully produced a summary of Northern’s Rolling Stock Position for a recent meeting of the Transport Committee at the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. A pdf of the document is available here, with the wording repeated below for those who’d rather read it this way. It’s a […]

Rail North to get “control” over rail franchising? ….

Posted on January 28th, 2014, by The Chairman

From the Manchester Evening News …. “Devolved powers over the region’s railways have taken a major step closer – after the government signed off a landmark partnership with northern town halls. “At a meeting with council leaders in Manchester (last) Friday, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin agreed to give transport authorities joint control over rail franchising. […]

Be aware of thieves’ tactics ….

Posted on August 18th, 2013, by Vice Chairman

Thursday, 15 August marked the public launch of Operation Magnum, a British Transport Police (BTP) campaign to help rail passengers keep valuables safe from pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves. The nationwide operation was launched in June, after a pilot on the London Underground earlier this year, and looks to tackle the 16% rise in theft […]

Northern the only TOC to repay subsidy! ….

Posted on January 2nd, 2013, by The Chairman

Yes, it’s in Modern Railways so it must be true. According to the very well informed Roger Ford in December 2012’s issue, Northern is the only English TOC to be doing sufficiently well that it had to repay some of its subsidy (called “Revenue Share”) to the DfT. Northern is the largest TOC in England […]

Passengers travelling without paying ….

Posted on November 19th, 2012, by The Chairman

Sally and I were recently invited to a Passenger Focus (PF) networking event. There were around 50 people there, people from the rail industry, from local government and user representatives, as well as senior PF personnel. I found it a useful event. There was a brief presentation from the Chairman. He mentioned one of the […]

Bikes on Trains and the Mid Cheshire line ….

Posted on October 24th, 2012, by The Chairman

The carriage of bikes on trains has become more difficult since the end of the old DMUs and with the introduction of modern multiple units, these also often replacing loco-hauled trains which had luggage compartments, such as the Voyagers replacing Mk II coaching stock. On the Mid Cheshire line we’re seeing increasing numbers of passengers […]

Tram-trains in Kassel by John Murray ….

Posted on July 23rd, 2012, by The Chairman

Based on a visit made on 16 July 2012. The Department for Transport recently announced a trial of tram-train technology in Sheffield. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is closely following the trial with a view to introducing tram-trains on the Mid-Cheshire railway line between Manchester, Northwich and Chester. The proposal is that tram-trains operate on […]