Confirmation of the opening of the 2CC on Sunday 26 February ….

Posted on February 16th, 2017, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. Confirmation of the opening of the 2CC on Sunday 26 February TfGM Press Release Service changes from Sunday 26 February: Altrincham – Bury (via Market Street) Altrincham – Etihad Campus Bury – Piccadilly Ashton-under-Lyne – Eccles MediaCityUK – Piccadilly Manchester Airport – Deansgate-Castlefield East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre (via Exchange […]

New Metrolink operator for 10 years from July ….

Posted on January 19th, 2017, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. KeolisAmey are the new Metrolink operator for 10 years from 0200 on Sunday 16 July 2017 They also operate Docklands Railway and are part of the Nottingham consortium for their trams. Expect additional 300 staff with more customer service staff in evenings and weekends. Details are here.

Arriva Trains Wales Club 55 – a struggle from Mid Cheshire! ….

Posted on January 17th, 2017, by The Chairman

The Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) Club 55 offer is back on again. Potentially great news for those of us over 55. But from this part of the world, it’s very difficult to use, especially so when compared to the Transpennine Express Club 55 offers. Being unable to start a journey before 9am Monday-Friday precludes days […]

Changes to weekend tram services for Metrolink 2017 improvement works ….

Posted on January 16th, 2017, by The Chairman

Our Secretary, Paul Wilkinson writes …. On Sunday 15 January ‘early bird’ services between Manchester Airport and Firswood will be replaced by buses. Normal services are expected to resume from 6am on the same day. This is to allow for improvements to the tram management system. On Sunday 22 January, rail replacement work in the […]

Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards 2016 – Mid Cheshire wins three! ….

Posted on January 15th, 2017, by The Chairman

Sixteen stations in the former county of Cheshire scooped awards at the 14th Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards Evening held on Tuesday 10 January 2017, and attended by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, the High Sheriff of Cheshire, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester, the Mayors of Cheshire East, Halton, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and six […]

Wirral loop line track renewal 3 January – 18 June 2017 ….

Posted on January 2nd, 2017, by The Chairman

Thanks to Michael Ross for spotting this Merseyrail press release …. For six weeks, Wirral line trains will start and terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. Rail replacement buses will run between Birkenhead and Liverpool stations. Rail Replacement Buses Merseyrail Travel Information • Trains on the New Brighton and West Kirby lines will run […]

Have you seen our new tickets? BIG!! ….

Posted on December 30th, 2016, by The Chairman

For those who haven’t seen them yet …. …. they’re there on the counter below Cheryl at a very festive Knutsford station. It seems the credit card sized tickets from the AVantix portable machines are being replaced. Above are 4 of the new style SINGLES from Knutsford to Mobberley bought from a conductor. If they […]

We want to buy tickets, but we can’t! ….

Posted on December 28th, 2016, by The Chairman

Almost 3 years ago we published a post about how difficult it can sometimes be to buy tickets on our trains. Three years later, this is still often a problem on both our Mid Cheshire Line and our Crewe-Liverpool line. We regularly receive comments/moans from passengers about this. Shortly after we published our Winter 2016/17 […]

Everything you know about train fares is wrong! ….

Posted on December 22nd, 2016, by The Chairman

It’s the time of year in the run up to Christmas and New Year when the press run out of good stories. Then along come the main annual train fares rises. This is when we are reminded yet again that train fares in Britain are the most expensive in the world. Or are they? …. […]

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 […]