Archive for January, 2010

Best Kept Stations – Mid-Cheshire wins 4! ….

Posted on January 31st, 2010, by The Chairman

Cuddington, Greenbank, Knutsford and Chester all won awards at the 2009 Cheshire Best Kept Stations ceremony on 19 January at the Salt Museum in Northwich. Great recognition for all those involved at these stations, and also for the very many volunteers at other stations along our line that are kept tidy by their local communities. […]

Chester-Liverpool to go ¼ hourly ….

Posted on January 30th, 2010, by The Chairman

We hear that, subject to funding, the Merseyrail service from Chester to Liverpool is to be doubled from next December to one every 15 minutes. Quite amazing when you remember that 30 years ago it was an hourly 2-coach diesel shuttle to Rock Ferry to connect with the Merseyrail, then called Merseyfail as it broke […]

NCRUG reaches 20! ….

Posted on January 26th, 2010, by The Chairman

Our colleagues in NCRUG (North Cheshire Rail User Group, which covers Chester to Manchester via Helsby and Frodsham, also the Halton Curve to Runcorn and Liverpool, and Helsby to Ellesmere Port) are celebrating their 20th Anniversary in March. Their website is here. Some of you may wish to join them on their Saturday 13 March […]

Days out in Chester ….

Posted on January 25th, 2010, by The Chairman

On Saturday 16 January The Guardian had an article about good places to eat in Chester for under £10 (mostly). Here’s the web site version. MCRUA members who know the City think this is a good selection, especially for lunch. There are more ideas in the reader comments. A day out in Chester for two […]

Cheshire Day Ranger – prices held ….

Posted on January 23rd, 2010, by Vice Chairman

It’s good news that the Cheshire Day Ranger prices for 2010 have been held at £18 for an adult and £9 for a child.  Even cheaper with a railcard! I used the Day Ranger last year and had a great time.  Northwich, Stockport, Manchester, Liverpool, Crewe, Chester, Warrington, Liverpool, Merseyrail, Hooton, Chester and back down […]

Arriva Buses in Mid Cheshire ….

Posted on January 17th, 2010, by Vice Chairman

The recent cold spell has led to many Mid Cheshire travellers leaving their car in the garage and either walking or taking the bus to connect with the Mid Cheshire Line. But have you ever tried to understand our local bus services, how they operate and the costs involved – yes some us have to […]

Those late night replacement buses ….

Posted on January 12th, 2010, by The Chairman

Andrew Macfarlane comments: We’ve been familiar with the concept of “Sunday engineering work” for many years. Sunday was and is the day chosen to do much essential engineering work on the railways because there is less freight traffic on a Sunday and traditionally fewer passengers use rail services. However a phenomenon which crept in with […]

Club 55 is back ….

Posted on January 10th, 2010, by The Chairman

Arriva Trains Wales has reintroduced its promotion for those aged 55 and over. This time tickets can also be bought on line. As before all you need is proof of being over 55 and the ticket can also be bought at the station or on the train for unstaffed stations. ATW Club 55 tickets can […]

Manchester-bound morning peak wobbles ….

Posted on January 8th, 2010, by The Chairman

The train service was very reliable through the summer months, but we started noticing some problems from October, especially with the first and then the second trains in the Stockport direction. Since December, the first train has become even less reliable and the following 3 often late. Through our Performance QIT (Quality Improvement Team) with […]

Mobberley – the trains are running, but ….

Posted on January 6th, 2010, by The Chairman

I’ve heard a few hardened motorheads round here bless the trains in the last few weeks. The trains have been having a bit of a wobble, but the roads are atrocious. Here’s some pictures from this afternoon of a Cheshire East gritting lorry having gone through a hedge being recovered by Egertons. Nobody hurt thankfully, […]