Archive for January, 2011

Delamere Forest to be sold off and closed? ….

Posted on January 31st, 2011, by The Chairman

It sounds like a scare headline, doesn’t it? But have a look at what’s happened at Rigg Forest in Cumbria. Rigg Forest is still open to walkers who stick to the public footpath, but the car park is closed, so those coming to walk have to walk there from miles away. This is as good […]

Wrexham & Shropshire – The End ….

Posted on January 30th, 2011, by The Chairman

Sally Buttifant, our Community Rail Officer writes: We caught the final 13.23 W&S train to Marylebone on Friday 28 January – the train was packed – lots of people with cameras both on the train and at each station (no surprise there then). There were also journalists and camera crews – we spoke to a […]

This week in the Press …. MCRUA …. Lots! ….

Posted on January 29th, 2011, by The Chairman

Wednesday saw the arrival of a Metrolink tram in Knutsford & Northwich stations (not really!) – here’s the Knutsford Guardian version. There’s a good discussion about tram/train for the Mid Cheshire Line going into Manchester via Sale and the Metrolink tracks complimenting the hourly train service to Piccadilly via Stockport, as outlined in Cheshire East’s […]

Winsford’s service is getting popular! ….

Posted on January 27th, 2011, by The Chairman

With the more frequent and more reliable service on the Crewe-Liverpool line, usage is rising. Here’s a picture from the Saturday before last Christmas with lines of passengers waiting to board a Liverpool-bound service. Liverpool One shopping centre is proving a great attraction. Plus, many in Winsford have family in Liverpool. It’s also a very […]

Member Discount at Hamiltons in Altrincham ….

Posted on January 25th, 2011, by The Chairman

Hamiltons in Altrincham opened last November – see our previous post. We hear from the manager, Mark O’Sullivan, that all is going well. As a recognition of the support received from MCRUA members, Mark is pleased to offer a 10% discount on the full range of hot & cold drinks and food and snacks at […]

Mid Cheshire Line scoops Station Awards ….

Posted on January 24th, 2011, by The Chairman

Four local stations on the Mid Cheshire Line have been recognised at the Cheshire Best Kept Stations  annual awards cermony …. 

More Middlewich line diversions ….

Posted on January 15th, 2011, by The Chairman

There were lots of Voyagers thundering through Cuddington last Sunday. We checked the NRES web site and it looks as though Virgin will be diverting via Middlewich every Sunday until 13 February. The timetable gives them an hour from Chester to Crewe. Arriva are running buses, presumably because there is insufficient capacity on the single […]

Vernon gains an OBE! ….

Posted on January 13th, 2011, by The Chairman

Vernon Barker, Managing Director of TransPennine Express, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for services to the rail industry. There’s a write up about this in Vernon’s local paper, the Macclesfield Express. I first met Vernon on 2 February 2001. He was Finance Director at First North Western and the […]

North Eastern Express to stop at Reddish South! ….

Posted on January 12th, 2011, by The Chairman

Reddish South is going to have 3 trains in the 1st week in May. Normally, it only has 1 a week. And passengers are going to be able to go somewhere AND come back!! Reddish South is on the Stockport to Stalybridge line. It is served by one “Parliamentary Train” a week, which travels on […]

Club 55 is back again ….

Posted on January 10th, 2011, by The Chairman

Great news for those over 55! Arriva Trains Wales Club 55 came back on 9 January and runs until 9 April – details here. As before there’s a £1 Northern add-on fare for Northern services from Knutsford and stations towards Manchester and a £5 London Midland add-on for the Crewe-Liverpool line. First Scotrail Club 55 […]