Archive for March, 2016

New Northern Management Team appointed ….

Posted on March 29th, 2016, by The Chairman

Arriva has announced nine senior appointments to the management team that will lead the new Northern franchise from 1 April. Details on the Arriva Rail North website. Good that Alex Hynes continues to lead Northern. He grew up locally, attending Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

2016 Music Trains start ….

Posted on March 28th, 2016, by The Chairman

Last year was yet another record for the number of people we carried on Music Trains. We start our 2016 programme from Chester to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley on Wednesday 27 April to promote Chester Folk Festival. On Wednesday 18 May we will have another Chester to Plumley Music Train with the Mossley Hill […]

Community Bus Partnerships? ….

Posted on March 13th, 2016, by The Chairman

Our Community Rail Officer, Sally Buttifant was invited to attend a transport workshop on 8 March entitled ‘Local Authority Bus Services – An endangered species?’, supported by TravelWatch NorthWest. Sally says “Community rail is about people and the railway – encouraging people to use their local railway, take ownership and pride in their local station. […]

Knutsford pushes for the Mid Cheshire (Middlewich) Rail Link ….

Posted on March 12th, 2016, by The Chairman

At the request of Henry Brooks of Tatton Estate Management, Mid Cheshire Rail Link Campaign members recently met with Henry and others in his team to discuss the potential benefits to Knutsford residents and the local economy. These include: – connecting Knutsford and Northwich directly to Crewe for longer-distance services, far better than having to […]

Northern re-branding – the secret’s out! ….

Posted on March 8th, 2016, by The Chairman

Arriva Rail North take on the Northern franchise from 1 April 2016, taking over from what is currently known as Northern Rail and run as a joint venture between Abellio (as subsidiary of Dutch Railways) and Serco. We know that the branding is to change, and we think the colours are changing, too. It is […]

Good Value Fares from Mid Cheshire ….

Posted on March 1st, 2016, by The Chairman

Often with a bit of planning travel by train can be very good value. Here are some ideas to start off what might be an opportunity for others to add their ideas to build a more comprehensive list. – Northern Duo. If 2, 4 etc. are travelling after the morning peak, remember on the Mid […]