Archive for the ‘From the Chairman’ Category

Rail Team of the Year Awards – Vote for Knutsford! ….

Posted on September 6th, 2015, by The Chairman

The voting is now open! In July we blogged about Team Knutsford being put forward for the Team of the Year in the Rail Staff Awards. Up against 38 other teams, the voting opened on 22 August. They’re up against the usual suspects supported by high profile marketing. Here’s what the entry says. Please vote […]

MCRUA’s AGM and Speaker – Tuesday 14 July 2015 ….

Posted on July 7th, 2015, by The Chairman

We’re looking forward to our coming AGM next Tuesday evening.  It’s at 7.30pm in the Conservatory at the Golden Pheasant, Plumley, just 5 minutes walk from Plumley Station. Once the formal procedings are over, we always have a speaker.  This year it was to have been Peter Brunskill, Warrington Council’s Rail Officer.  However, Peter is […]

MCRUA supports the Halton Curve upgrade ….

Posted on June 19th, 2015, by The Chairman

MCRUA has sent a letter of support to Merseytravel in respect of the proposed upgrade of the Halton Curve. A copy of the letter can be downloaded here – haltoncurve_l1 For those who would rather not download it, here it is …. ***************************************************************************************** 16 June 2015   Mr Frank Rogers Director of Integrated Transport Services […]

North of England rail services: Busting the myths ….

Posted on October 19th, 2014, by The Chairman

Campaign for Better Transport has released a briefing entitled “North of England rail services: Busting the myths”. Well worth a read. There’s some interesting “myths” discussed in here, including: – “The north’s railways are heavily subsidised”. This depends how you work the sums out …. Assuming the same train track access charge for a single […]

Ronnie retires from Knutsford after 46 years on the railway ….

Posted on October 17th, 2014, by The Chairman

Ronnie Oliver, booking office staff at Knutsford has retired after 46 years on the Railway. All those years ago, Ronnie joined British Rail at Stretford as a junior member of the platform staff. He progressed to Timperley, then Warwick Road (now named Old Trafford) before becoming a relief member of staff at Altrincham. On the […]

“Over by Christmas” remembered! Very special ….

Posted on October 15th, 2014, by The Chairman

Email the Chancellor by 17 October 2014!! ….

Posted on October 14th, 2014, by The Chairman

We have received the following through “Campaign for Better Transport”. (Please note responses can be sent direct to Government or through the template provided by Campaign for Better Transport – see below). ************************************************************************ “The Chancellor of the Exchequer is asking people to email him with suggestions for what spending commitments he should make in his […]

MCL Train Running Performance Apl 2014 – Mch 2015 ….

Posted on July 13th, 2014, by The Chairman

MCRUA has been working with TOCs since January 2000 helping to monitor and improve train running performance along the Mid Cheshire Line. 1 April marks the beginning of a new (Railway) year, so it’s the time we create a new post. For those interested in the history of how we’ve done over the last few […]

Live Train Running now on Northern TVMs ….

Posted on May 26th, 2014, by The Chairman

The Mid Cheshire Line is one of the busiest lines in the country to have hardly any Customer Information Systems (CIS) at stations. Apart from stations shared with other lines, only Altrincham has CIS displays. Now Northern has introduced train running information on their Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) screens, so for the Mid Cheshire Line […]

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 […]