Archive for December, 2010

TPE also now call at LSP ….

Posted on December 26th, 2010, by The Chairman

Trans Pennine Express trains now also call at Liverpool South Parkway (LSP) since the beginning on the Winter timetable from 12 December. It’s only a 10-15 minute bus ride from LSP to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and there are buses every few minutes with a fast Airlink 501 bus every 20 minutes. Tickets can be […]

Christmas at Northwich and Altrincham ….

Posted on December 25th, 2010, by The Chairman

Sally, our CRO, says :- 10 Dec – here’s 2 photos of the Christmas event. We made decorations for the tree in a craft session led by Zone staff (2 MCRUA members who attended demonstrated excellent rosette and paper chain making skills!). We then decorated the tree (a scented Fraser Fir) which was donated by […]

MCRUA launches new website ….

Posted on December 23rd, 2010, by Vice Chairman

MCRUA has launched a new Railtours website giving full details of its excursions. As well as booking online, the website give details of our Railtours’ destinations – complete with stunning photography. The next Railtour is the North Eastern Express on Saturday 7th May 2011 heading for Darlington, Durham (for Beamish) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  Click here to visit […]

GMITA report on future West Coast services ….

Posted on December 22nd, 2010, by The Chairman

GMITA has recently published a report into “Applications for new rail services on West Coast Main Line from 2012”. It talks about an additional commuter service on the Crewe line, but little about returning Mid Cheshire line peak services to half-hourly into Manchester. It can be downloaded here. Given the mess the West Coast December […]

Christmas Cuts! ….

Posted on December 21st, 2010, by The Chairman

Northern say “Christmas parties, nights out and celebrations are great fun but often include more alcohol than we are used to. At Northern getting you home safely is our business so we have developed a few suggestions to make your journey even easier. Visit our Journey Planner for train times and to plan your trip […]

Proposed Chester Station Multi Storey Car Park ….

Posted on December 20th, 2010, by The Chairman

We received the following email on 8 December. ************************************************** Cheshire West and Chester Council’s statement of community involvement encourages applicants to hold informal discussions with the Council, statutory consultees and neighbours before applying for planning permission. This is considered particularly important for larger schemes, and/or when a number of different parties could be affected. Network […]

Those “new” trains! ….

Posted on December 12th, 2010, by The Chairman

We’ve had talk of new trains for Northern England for some years. Since the infamous announcement of 1300 new carriages, what’s happened? In the “1300” announcement, once it was unpicked it appeared that most of these new carriages were going to the south east of England and to Scotland. Overcrowding is an issue in the […]

Timetables change on Sunday ….

Posted on December 10th, 2010, by The Chairman

Revised timetables come in on Sunday. For the Mid Cheshire Line these mainly revert to the pre-“leaf fall” timings with minor differences, especially on Sundays. For the Crewe-Liverpool line, times are similar to previously, and with a few changes including extra trains for those who like to get out of bed very early in the […]

It’s not just us! ….

Posted on December 7th, 2010, by The Chairman

Those who “know” that our railway performs very badly compared to others may be interested in the picture below. In Britain our railway (up until the recent cold snap) appears to be performing just about as well as ever. The above picture I took on my return from Switzerland last Friday. The 1st train around […]

Extra trains on the Crewe-Liverpool line ….

Posted on December 6th, 2010, by The Chairman

London Midland are introducing extra trains on Mondays to Fridays, and on Saturdays between Crewe and Liverpool from the timetable change on 12 December. This is covered in LM’s latest issue of On Track, along with other LM news.