Updated Middlewich Rail Link Campaign website launched ….

Posted on August 5th, 2012, by The Chairman

Our colleagues working on the campaign for the reopening of the line through Middlewich to regular passenger services have recently upgraded their website.

We believe that reopening this line including the station at Middlewich will bring strong economic benefits to Mid Cheshire.

It will be good for Middlewich (pop. 13,000 in 2001 and growing), making it more accessible as a destination to outsiders as well as allowing its residents easier access to the outside world without having to resort to driving or bus services towards Crewe and Northwich that are not fast, as they travel via local lanes and villages.

It will be good for Northwich and Knutsford, too. With a service to/from Crewe via Middlewich both large towns will have quicker access to the mainline railway at Crewe, making trips north or south much quicker than travelling via Stockport or Chester and reducing the need to drive to Crewe or Warrington to join trains there.

The recent tram-train proposal includes the Middlewich line as an option.

Pete Waterman’s now patron, and local MP, Fiona Bruce is pushing the case for the Middlewich reopening with Government.

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Featured in the Knutsford Guardian of 22 August ….

A similar article also appeared in the Northwich Guardian.

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  1. Dave Roberts Says:

    Many thanks John. We hope the new website will be of interest to everyone, whether or not they live in Middlewich. We see it as a vital weapon in our drive to raise the profile of the campaign. We’ll be using it to make sure that everyone can keep up to date with the progress of the re-opening proposals and also for day to day stuff like dates of meetings (and, starting in September, full reports on those meetings). There will also, courtesy of our sister site, the Middlewich Diary, be plenty of interesting material on the history of the Sandbach-Middlewich-Northwich line. We hope people will want to keep calling back often to see what’s new in Middlewich.

  2. Edd Says:

    It mustn’t be looking good for Cheshire East council releasing any funds for the reopening, they seem to have no transport budget at all. First the subsided school buses were withdrawn, then the Beartown buses in Congleton had their subsidy withdrawn (to be replaced by a less frequent commercial service) and know the Knutsford-Macclesfield bus service is to go down the same route. Then the roads and pavements are completely worn out in numerous areas – it must be the first time ever where roads and pavements, which Balfour Beatty have digging up for utility work, look better after they’ve finished!

  3. The Chairman Says:

    Featured in last week’s Knutsford and Northwich Guardians – see above – together with support from Councillor Andrew Molloy of Knutsford Town Council.

  4. John Murray Says:

    A friend of mine has emailed me from the 06:26 Virgin Trains service from Chester to Euston to say they have been diverted via the Middlewich line due to flooding between Chester and Crewe. I am told this was also the case yesterday.

  5. Jen Says:

    I’ve just discovered that the Middlewich-Crewe bus service is ranked as the most needed bus service in Cheshire East by Cheshire East Council. It also receives a very high subsidy. Surely the reopening of the Middlewich branch line to passenger trains and a new station at Middlewich would equate to a better long time investment, even if it’s more in the short term.

  6. Jen Says:

    The Hut Group who employ hundreds of people at Gadbrook Park (located next to the Northwich-Sandbach line), have said that they will leave Northwich unless transport infrastructure improvements are made. They say they expect to see a big increase in the number of people they employ over the next decade and don’t think Northwich’s existing transport infrastucture will be able to cope.

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