Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association

Your voice for the Manchester to Chester, Crewe to Liverpool and potentially Northwich to Crewe via Middlewich railway lines

Latest News & Events

  • NORTHERN WEEKEND OFFER

    20th January 2020 - 22nd March 2020

    Northern have announced a newspaper offer with a one day ticket at £10 and £17.50 for a weekend ticket ....

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  • JANUARY 2020 BUS REPLACEMENTS

    20th January 2020 - 23rd January 2020

    There is engineering work on the Mid Cheshire Line during January 2020 ....

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  • MID CHESHIRE LINE POSTERS

    1st January 2020

    You can now purchase our Mid Cheshire Line Marvellous Days Out Posters Online ....

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  • LATE FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2020 BUS REPLACEMENTS

    29th February 2020 - 8th March 2020

    There is engineering work on the Mid Cheshire Line in late February and early March 2020 ....

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  • WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

    25th November 2019

    More than 20 trains cancelled on mid Cheshire Line over the weekend ....

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  • WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

    13th November 2019

    Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association launches three-point priority scorecard .....

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PETITION FOR IMPROVED RAIL SERVICES

2nd September 2019 - 31st December 2019

The Northern and TransPennine Express franchises were let by the Department of Transport on the basis that diverting North TransPennine Express services via the Ordsall Chord (built at a cost of £100m) and Manchester Victoria would free up paths between in to Manchester Piccadilly from the southeastern direction.

The Northern franchise specification required the operator to introduce additional services between Manchester Piccadilly and New Mills Newton, Greenbank and Macclesfield by December 2017.

The additional Greenbank service would provide a half-hourly service at Knutsford station, which in 2017/2018 ORR usage figures had over 500,000 journeys in a 12 month period - only a few stations in the entire country with an hourly service manage to get that many passengers.

As of May 2018 only the New Mills Newton service was introduced with Network Rail now claiming the Greenbank and Macclesfield services can't be accommodated due to pathing constraints.

As the number of new services introduced which go in to Piccadilly from the southeast is significantly lower than the number of services which have been re-routed away from these lines, this explanation from Network Rail doesn't appear to be a valid one.

Therefore we call on the Department of Transport, Network Rail and Northern to work together to get the missing services introduced in the paths which have been freed up by the diversion of other services.

Click here to support this petition.

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