Archive for the ‘From the Chairman’ Category

Northern Rail Franchise and Rolling Stock Position ….

Posted on February 10th, 2014, by The Chairman

Craig Harrop, Northern’s Client and Stakeholder Manager West very helpfully produced a summary of Northern’s Rolling Stock Position for a recent meeting of the Transport Committee at the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. A pdf of the document is available here, with the wording repeated below for those who’d rather read it this way. It’s a […]

Call for rail investment ….

Posted on February 1st, 2014, by The Chairman

Under the heading “Call for rail investment” and the sub-heading “Northern Rail says it is listening to passengers”, the Knutsford and Northwich Guardians last week published an article following Northern Rail being ranked second lowest out of train operators for overall customer satisfaction. The version in the printed paper differs slightly from that on the […]

Oh, Mr Conductor, what shall I do? I want to buy a ticket, but I can’t find you ….

Posted on January 1st, 2014, by The Chairman

(with acknowledgements to George Le Brunn) It’s a common problem on the Mid Cheshire line. The trains are getting fuller, the conductors are finding it harder to get through to all passengers to sell tickets, 9 stations on the line have no ticket buying facilities and apart from at Chester, there are no automated ticket […]

Mid Cheshire feature in RAIL’s Christmas issue! ….

Posted on December 13th, 2013, by The Chairman

We were surprised to see this previewed in the current RAIL, 737, for publication in the Christmas edition, 738. We’d heard this was coming out early in the New Year. Should be a good read!

Local councils better than DfT at determining local train services? ….

Posted on September 20th, 2013, by The Chairman

There has been a lot of discussion about “Rail in the North”, the concept behind local councils getting together to specify train services in Northern England apart from longer distance and some other services. The Manchester Evening News covered this further a few weeks ago. Some think things being determined “locally” has to be better […]

Mid Cheshire Train Running Performance starting to recover after timetable change ….

Posted on August 12th, 2013, 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 we’ve decided to create a new post. For those interested in the history of how we’ve done over the last few years, […]

Whoots opens in Altrincham Station ….

Posted on August 7th, 2013, by The Chairman

A new outlet has opened in Altrincham Station where the Hamiltons café used to be. Called “Whoots”, I took some pictures on my visit and asked the owners to provide some information on their new venture. **************************************************************************************** Liam Williamson writes …. Development Our main inspiration for beginning Whoots was the traditional association of takeaway food […]

New Northern Rail MD ….

Posted on June 25th, 2013, by The Chairman

We hear the following …. ******************************************************* Following the announcement in late March that Ian Bevan had decided to step down from his role as MD of Northern Rail, Abellio and Serco have appointed Alex Hynes as MD for Northern, commencing in September 2013. Alex’s early career as a senior consultant for Halcrow Fox saw him […]

New picture in The Railway Inn ….

Posted on February 10th, 2013, by The Chairman

Tony & Lynda recently acquired a new railway picture to add to their collection on the pub walls. But what is it of and where was it taken? The first correct answer (verified somehow!) gets a free pint from me in The Railway. Dunham Big Tree, Black Sheep, guest ale or some of that fizzy […]

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 […]