Archive for November, 2009

TransPennine Express to Scotland ….

Posted on November 29th, 2009, by The Chairman

The TransPennine Express (TPE) trains from Manchester Airport to Glasgow and Edinburgh provide a great service. Friendly crews, great class 185 3-coach 100mph diesel trains and brilliant scenery over Shap, then Beattock to Scotland. However, travelling at weekends is not for the faint-hearted! I’ve used this service a few times during the week and at […]

Mid-Cheshire Train Running Reliability ….

Posted on November 27th, 2009, by The Chairman

Train running reliability and punctuality is currently running at the best we’ve had on the line since we started keeping records in 1998. August was stunning at 93.79% arriving within 5 minutes of timetabled time, when we remember that back in the “dark days” of 2001 it was 46%. That was dire! The target is […]

Our troubled friends in and around Workington ….

Posted on November 24th, 2009, by The Chairman

I’ve been reading some very sad stories about Cumbria. The only bridge connection left between the north and south of Workington is the railway’s and now I’m reading lots of criticism about Northern refusing to strengthen their trains by more than one carriage. It’s understandable for people to shout, especially in these very distressing circumstances. […]

Our new trains cancelled! Pacers for ever!!? ….

Posted on November 19th, 2009, by The Chairman

Many of you will have heard that with the announcement of the electrification between Liverpool and Manchester with services to be running from 2013, the order for 202 extra diesel carriages for Northern Rail was quietly cancelled. The justification for this from Lord Adonis, Secretary of State for Transport, was that we should not be […]

Wrexham’s more attractive! ….

Posted on November 18th, 2009, by The Chairman

If you use Plumley or Lostock Gralam stations and are going for a day to Chester, did you know that a return fare to Wrexham is cheaper than a return to Chester? Bizarrre! This appears to have come about because of the way First North Western was split into the bit that went into Arriva […]

Signalling problems in the Plumley area ….

Posted on November 18th, 2009, by The Chairman

Regular users will have noticed quite a number of late trains recently. Problems started last Friday with track circuit failures in the Plumley area. Network Rail have been working to fix this, but meanwhile the problems have become worse now affecting trains in both directions and causing them to be delayed for between 10-25 minutes. […]

Stockport Station gets share of £50m DfT fund ….

Posted on November 17th, 2009, by The Chairman

The Department for Transport will spend £50m fund on improvements at ten railway stations in England, including Stockport, Manchester Victoria, Wigan, Warrington and Crewe. The fund is a response to a new report called Station Champions on the state of facilities for passengers across the country and identifies the next ten major stations in need […]

Network Rail Action Stations (and win an annual season ticket!) ….

Posted on November 13th, 2009, by The Chairman

Here’s a great chance for you to put forward your thoughts on how our local railway stations could be improved. Network Rail is asking the public for its opinion on the future of Britain’s 2,000 railway stations, and is offering respondents the chance to win an annual season ticket or £2000 in cash. As owner […]

Chairman’s Blog – now with pictures! ….

Posted on November 9th, 2009, by The Chairman

Our “volunteers” post was our first with a picture. Thanks for keeping looking at our blog. We’ve been going a month now and we know from the stats more and more of you are checking us out …. If you’ve got pictures relevant to any of our posts, please send them in so long as […]

Volunteers make a difference on the Mid Cheshire Line ….

Posted on November 8th, 2009, by The Chairman

Volunteers on the Mid Cheshire have been supporting CSV Make a Difference Day. Friends of Mid Cheshire Stations have been out volunteering at Cuddington, Greenbank, Plumley and Mobberley Railway Stations.  Led by Christ Church Minister, Rev James Hughes, over 20 volunteers spent the morning at Greenbank replanting two large flower troughs. They also cut back foliage and […]