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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Ticket Essentials and Penalty Fares

From July 2019 there are five ways to buy a ticket on the Mid Cheshire Line and new measures to stop fare evasion:

Ticket machine
Since July there have been ticket machines on all stations along the Line (except Lostock Gralam and Mobberley). A ticket machine will issue most types of ticket and accepts payment by card. If it doesn’t issue the ticket you want or if you can’t pay by card it will issue you a ‘Promise to Pay’ card instead of a ticket.

Online
You can buy online and collect your ticket at the ticket machine, using the credit card that you paid with. 

Smartphone
You can buy a ticket through the Northern app on your smartphone – in which case you don’t need a physical ticket – you just show the conductor the ticket on your phone.

Ticket office
There are ticket offices at the larger stations along the Line – Chester, Northwich, Knutsford, Hale, Altrincham and Stockport. The staff can sell any ticket for cash or card. So if the ticket office is open then the ticket machine will not issue a Promise to Pay card.

Conductor
If you have a Promise to Pay card or if you get on at Lostock Gralam or Mobberley then you should buy the ticket you need from the conductor. But if you do not have a ticket or Promise to Pay card, the conductor will only sell you a full price single ticket - unless you got on at Lostock Gralam or Mobberley, in which case you can buy any ticket.

Stopping fare evasion
Teams of ticket inspectors are now visiting stations at random. They check all tickets as passengers get off the train. If you do not have a ticket or a Promise to Pay card then you are liable to pay a Penalty Fare of £20 – unless you got on at Lostock Gralam or Mobberley and were unable to buy a ticket on the train. Inspectors have some discretion – for example if mobility problems make it very difficult for you to access a ticket machine on the other platform.

Your responsibility
It is now your responsibility to have a ticket (or a Promise to Pay card) when you get on the train unless you get on at Lostock Gralam or Mobberley.