South of Manchester Rail Study Stakeholder Meeting ….

Posted on February 4th, 2018, by The Chairman

TfGM are in the process of carrying out a number of rail studies, the one for South of Manchester also being supported by Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester Council. The well known rail consultants, Steer Davies & Gleeve are working with them on the projext. Stakeholders were invited to a meeting in Stockport […]

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?

Further Details of Metrolink service changes from 28 January ….

Posted on January 14th, 2018, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. Further Details are emerging of the changes to Metrolink services from 28 January: • earlier trams from Altrincham and directs to Bury Mon to Sat; and later trams on Su and BH from city to Altrincham • Bury trams from Platform 2 at Altrincham, Piccadilly trams from Platform 1. First tram […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mid Cheshire Overcrowding ….

Posted on December 6th, 2017, by The Chairman

Vince Chadwick writes …. I travelled on a Chester to Manchester train last Saturday lunchtime as far as Knutsford. It was a 2-coach class 150 and set off from Chester about half full. By the time it reached Cuddington it was full. At Greenbank it was well overfull with passengers standing in the vestibules and […]

Metrolink Update – December 2017 ….

Posted on December 5th, 2017, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. Over the last 4 or 5 weeks it is apparent subtle changes have been made to Altrincham services not previously been advertised: More Trams for Metrolink Busiest Lines. An additional two trams have been added to the Altrincham – Etihad service which means from around 0700 the previous all day single […]

MCRUA meets Rail Minister! ….

Posted on September 5th, 2017, by The Chairman

Our new Tatton MP, Esther McVey arranged for Rail Minister, Paul Maynard to meet with MCRUA and others last Thursday morning. The meeting lasted for over an hour. The main topics covered were the Mid Cheshire Rail Link and the Airport Western Link. Those attending the meeting with Paul and his assistant from the DfT […]

KeolisAmey take over the operation of Metrolink ….

Posted on July 16th, 2017, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. Greater Manchester’s Metrolink tram system – the largest of its kind in the UK – has welcomed a new operator on board to run the iconic network from Saturday 15 July. KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM), a joint venture partnership of leading global public transport operator, Keolis, and infrastructure asset management specialist, Amey, […]

Major security boost makes travel safer on Greater Manchester’s transport network ….

Posted on July 16th, 2017, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has announced a major investment in the safety of Greater Manchester’s public transport system. The TravelSafe Partnership (TSP), a multi-agency approach set up to tackle and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) on the region’s bus and tram networks, is set to be bolstered by […]