Archive for March, 2014

George Osborne, MP names a Mid Cheshire train “Elizabeth Gaskell” ….

Posted on March 29th, 2014, by The Chairman

Yesterday, after months of persuasion and planning started by our CRO, Sally Buttifant at around 12noon on platform 11 at Piccadilly Station, our Tatton MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, named 156482 “Elizabeth Gaskell”, another in Northern’s “Famous Northerners” series. We were delighted George agreed to do this. Very appropriate as one of […]

Northern Direct Award Announcement ….

Posted on March 27th, 2014, by The Chairman

The following was announced this morning. It relates to a “direct award” to Serco/Abellio to continue to run the Northern franchise for the next 22 months from 1 April 2014. Here’s the official release …. ***************************************************************************** A new deal for rail services in the north that will see tough new targets for punctuality, reliability and […]

Metrolink Update – March 2014 ….

Posted on March 24th, 2014, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. The new Rochdale Town Centre Metrolink Station will open on Monday 31 March. The first tram is due to arrive there at 05:53. Trams will start their final testing on Drake Street from Thursday 27 March so trams arriving at Rochdale Railway Station will continue without passengers as a ghost service […]

Mid Cheshire line passenger counts – a fascinating analysis! ….

Posted on March 17th, 2014, by The Chairman

Simon Barber, our Mid Cheshire line passenger counts analyst, writes …. ************************************************************************* A team of volunteers from MCRUA has been counting passenger loadings on the Mid Cheshire line since September 2012. This project was undertaken because we saw a need to have reliable, comprehensive data on the use of the line to support our case […]

Revised GM “Binliner” trains start running ….

Posted on March 10th, 2014, by The Chairman

Andrew Macfarlane writes …. “As you may have noticed, the GM bin trains have now started running to and from Runcorn Folly Lane en masse. Five bin trains (three empty and two loaded) ran via the Mid Cheshire line last Friday and one was booked to run last Saturday (a Folly Lane-Northenden passing Altrincham at […]