Archive for the ‘Mid Cheshire Line’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

Rail Franchise Agreements published ….

Posted on February 21st, 2016, by The Chairman

Thanks to John Hulme for spotting this …. Below are the links to the published franchise agreements for Northern and TPE. Northern TPE

Michael Portillo comes to the Mid Cheshire Line ….

Posted on January 2nd, 2016, by The Chairman

Happy New Year from us all. Next week Michael Portillo brings his Great Rail Journeys on BBC2 to the Mid Cheshire Line. Thursday 1830 – St Helens to Knutsford Friday 1830 – Ashley to Alton. Don’t miss it! 🙂

Arriva wins new Northern Franchise from 1 April 2016 ….

Posted on December 9th, 2015, by The Chairman

Announced at 7am this morning, Arriva have won the replacement Northern franchise and First the TPE one, both running from 1 April 2016. Here’s the Government announcement. MCRUA congratulates Arriva on winning the franchise award and First the TPE one. We are looking forward to discussing with Arriva the detail of the coming improvements to […]

Mid Cheshire CRP wins top national rail award! ….

Posted on October 7th, 2015, by The Chairman

Yes, we’re stunned and it’s true!   From left, Owain Roberts (TfGM), Sally Buttifant, Cllr Tony Dean who represents Knutsford Town Council on the CRP, together with Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of Great Western Railway who sponsored the award Here’s the Press Release we’ve put together …. ********************************************************************************* Mid Cheshire Line wins top rail award […]

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 […]

Watch out for September 2015 A556 roadworks ….

Posted on September 6th, 2015, by The Chairman

Upcoming are 40mph speed restrictions and diversions for drivers using the A556 between Knutsford and Bowdon. Drivers are recommended to add around an extra 15 minutes for their journeys. The Highways Agency provides more details. We might see some new faces on our trains! (Thanks to David Miller for spotting this).