Christmas Work 2016 ….

Posted on November 11th, 2016, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson has spotted the following Railway announcement ….

During the run up to and during the Christmas period, we will be carrying out an extensive amount of work as we continue to build the Ordsall Chord and provide a better railway to passengers.

The work will involve reconfiguring the existing railway between Eccles and Deansgate, Eccles and Manchester Victoria and Deansgate and Salford Crescent stations. The track changes will allow the 300 metre chord, a brand new section of railway, to connect with the new layout before work is completed by December 2017.

Other work will consist of the installation of two new bridges and renovation of one existing bridge on Water Street, the widening of Castlefield viaduct and a new track lay out at Ordsall Lane. There will also be signalling improvements as well as constructing new overhead line equipment.

To ensure this essential work can be carried out safely, train services in and out of Manchester will be affected at different times, including:
• Weekends from Saturday 29 October until Sunday 11 December 2016.
• Between early Sunday 18 December 2016 until the last service on Monday 2 January 2017.

Oxford Road and Deansgate stations will also be affected and be closed on December 27 and 31 as well as January 1 and 2. All stations will be closed to train services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day as usual.

Passengers are being advised to plan their journey and check or with their train operator before they travel.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but we are dedicated to improving rail links and journey times so passengers receive the service they deserve. Further details at and

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  1. Jen Says:

    It seems not only did Northern not think to use some of the trains freed up by the engineering works to strengthen Mid-Cheshire services while services on other routes were suspended but they dug out an ex-Arriva Trains Northern 142 today to use to ensure that everyone boarding at Knutsford had to stand, as all the seats were taken by people who would usually be travelling on the Arriva Trains Wales service. Plus there’s multiple services cancelled later on due to Northern not having crew members available!

  2. Mark Says:

    I have just started using the midcheshire line. But over the last 2 weeks the Chester to Manchester 06:02 has been cancelled a few times. Does this happen often in the experience of long time Mid Cheshire line users?

  3. The Chairman Says:

    Hi, Mark,

    Welcome to the Mid Cheshire Line.

    We keep a log of train running on the Mid Cheshire Line where trains are 5 or more minutes late, omit stations or are cancelled.

    Since 1 October the 0602 (0600 under the “leaf fall” timetable) has mainly run well, being cancelled 4 times on: – 28 Nov, 15 Dec, 23 Dec and 28 Dec.

    It’s always dangerous making comments like this. Let’s hope this doesn’t jinx it!!

    Best wishes,

    John Oates

  4. Mark Says:

    Hi John,
    Many thanks for the welcome 🙂 and thanks for the info. Very helpful.

    Kind regards


  5. The Chairman Says:

    Thanks, Mark.

    If you’re not already a MCRUA member, we’d be delighted if you joined our 400+ members. Having this many members helps us in representing our needs with the train operators, local councils, Rail North, Department for Transport and others.

    More information is available here – – where you can both join and renew your membership.

    I’ll send you a copy of our latest Winter 2016 Rail Report if you email your address to me at john.oates(at) Previous copies can be read here –

    Happy Travelling!

  6. The Chairman Says:

    Hi, Mark,

    Thanks for joining MCRUA. This is very much appreciated. You should soon get a formal acknowledgement from our Membership Secretary.

    I’ll put a copy of our latest Rail Report in the post to you shortly.

    The next time the 0602 is cancelled, I’ll definitely feel guilty. Let’s hope it’s a long time off.

    Best Wishes,


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