Archive for December, 2011

Winsford deserves more ….

Posted on December 30th, 2011, by The Chairman

Winsford has a bit of a haphazard service to Liverpool, better than some years ago, but still not hourly.  Daytime direct departures are 0610, 0641, 0705, 0743, 0805, 0906, 1106, 1306, 1406, 1506, 1706.  Some big gaps. Coming back from Liverpool departures are 1134, 1334, 1434, 1534, 1704, 1804, 1834, 1934, 2034, 2134, 2234 & […]

PC Christmas ….

Posted on December 26th, 2011, by The Chairman

Courtesy of an internal Network Rail source …. “All employees planning to dash through the snow in a one horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the way are advised that a Risk Assessment will be required addressing the safety of an open sleigh for members of the public.  This assessment must […]

More of BTP’s Twelve Days of Christmas ….

Posted on December 20th, 2011, by David.Miller

In BTP’s 12 days of Christmas, their 7th, 8th and 9th messages are not really for the law-abiding travellers who read our blog, but they give an indication of some of the problems faced: staff abuse [Click here ]; cable theft [Click here]; and violence on trains [Click here].

8 December is BTP’s first day of Christmas ….

Posted on December 12th, 2011, by David.Miller

On the first day of Christmas British Transport Police gave to me – a warning about personal safety. As Christmas approaches more and more people will be heading out to celebrate the festive season with friends and family.  Now December is upon us, Christmas parties will start in earnest and British Transport Police in the […]

Christmas at The Zone and Northwich Station ….

Posted on December 10th, 2011, by David.Miller

On Wednesday 14 December from 2 to 3.30pm, come and learn how to make Christmas decorations then decorate the station Christmas tree.  There will be carols, mulled wine & mince pies too. …

2012 Railtour is announced ….

Posted on December 9th, 2011, by Vice Chairman

Next year is MCRUA’s 25th Anniversary so we are looking to run our best Railtour ever – with something for everyone. Yes it is a time to celebrate ….

Cheap fares – so no new trains …. Except in London! ….

Posted on December 6th, 2011, by The Chairman

Last October and not for the first time a Government Minister has talked about fares in Northern England being far behind those in the rest of Britain making it difficult to justify new or extra trains.  Transport Minister Teresa Villiers brought this up again in her speech in Leeds last October – click the link in […]

Northern Hub event next Wednesday ….

Posted on December 3rd, 2011, by The Chairman

Roy Chapman of TfGM (who helped us back in 1990 with our original studies into putting a passenger service back onto the line through Middlewich) coordinates events for the Institute of Railway Operators in the North West & North Wales. Here’s details of their latest event next Wednesday from Duncan Law, Network Rail’s Northern Hub […]

Greenbank Station Clean Up …..

Posted on December 2nd, 2011, by Vice Chairman

A team of more than 25 volunteers turned up at Greenbank Railway Station on Friday 25th November following a decision to clean up the Stations in the Northwich area. The day was masterminded by Cheshire West and Chester’s Northwich and Rural North Partnership Team under the leadership of Area Manager, Mark Simmons with support from […]