Archive for January, 2013

Wayfarer Day Tickets now available at local PayPoints! ….

Posted on January 15th, 2013, by The Chairman

Wayfarer ticket prices increased on 14 January, but they’re still very good value. Wayfarers are now available from Paypoints. They’re still valid on buses before 9.30am on Monday to Friday. TfGM’s press release states: ******************************************************************************* Popular ‘Wayfarer’ day tickets now available by PayPoint A popular bus, train and tram ticket that allows travel across Greater […]

Michael Portillo spotted on the Mid Cheshire line! ….

Posted on January 9th, 2013, by The Chairman

Member Dave Hoolihan was a little surprised one Friday afternoon before Christmas to find himself on the 1719 Stockport to Navigation Road section sitting opposite someone who looked remarkably like Michael Portillo. The conversation went something like this …. “Excuse me, do I recognise you from somewhere?” The Michael Portillo lookalike holds out his hand […]

Leftwich Viaduct losing its trees? ….

Posted on January 9th, 2013, by The Chairman

Some of you may remember our Network Rail fix list blog from 2010. John Hulme spotted men at work on Leftwich Viaduct last Monday. Perhaps it’s “time up” for our viaduct trees? Looking at that 2010 Blog, here’s an update as best we know. Mickle Trafford We think the graffiti was painted out. Mouldsworth The […]

Metrolink Altrincham line timetable – A work of fiction? ….

Posted on January 5th, 2013, by The Chairman

Member, Mike Battman writes …. Following the comments on the ‘overcrowding’ blog about connections or lack of them, I suggested the subject of the Metrolink timetable and how the trams run in practice should have its own post. The Chairman agreed and asked if I’d draft a post. Here it is …. So, is there […]

Metrolink real-time information system still not working at Altrincham! ….

Posted on January 4th, 2013, by The Chairman

Those of us changing onto Metrolink trams at Altrincham will know that the real-time information departure displays installed over 3 years ago are still boarded up with plywood. Very frustrating! The dispute over the costs of the system has progressed to the courts with an interim ruling given recently by Mr Justice Akenhead. There’s a […]

Northern the only TOC to repay subsidy! ….

Posted on January 2nd, 2013, by The Chairman

Yes, it’s in Modern Railways so it must be true. According to the very well informed Roger Ford in December 2012’s issue, Northern is the only English TOC to be doing sufficiently well that it had to repay some of its subsidy (called “Revenue Share”) to the DfT. Northern is the largest TOC in England […]