Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association

Your voice for the Manchester to Chester, Crewe to Liverpool and potentially Northwich to Crewe via Middlewich railway lines

Latest News & Events

  • JULY 2020 BUS REPLACEMENTS

    There is engineering work on the Mid Cheshire Line during July 2020 ....

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  • TRAIN SERVICE

    23rd March 2020

    From week commencing 23 March, Northern Trains, in line with the rest of the industry, is introducing a temporary timetable ....

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  • MY CHESHIRE CHILDREN'S ART COMPETITION

    4th May 2020

    The winners in the CRP's My Cheshire Children's Art Competition have been announced ....

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  • MID CHESHIRE LINE MUSIC TRAINS

    Unfortunately the 2020 Music Train programme has had to be cancelled ...

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  • CHESHIRE BEST KEPT STATIONS

    28th January 2020

    Altrincham, Knutsford and Greenbank stations are recognised at Cheshire Best Kept Stations ....

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  • WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

    25th November 2019

    More than 20 trains cancelled on mid Cheshire Line over the weekend ....

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PETITION FOR IMPROVED RAIL SERVICES

2nd September 2019 - 31st December 2019

The Northern and TransPennine Express franchises were let by the Department of Transport on the basis that diverting North TransPennine Express services via the Ordsall Chord (built at a cost of £100m) and Manchester Victoria would free up paths between in to Manchester Piccadilly from the southeastern direction.

The Northern franchise specification required the operator to introduce additional services between Manchester Piccadilly and New Mills Newton, Greenbank and Macclesfield by December 2017.

The additional Greenbank service would provide a half-hourly service at Knutsford station, which in 2017/2018 ORR usage figures had over 500,000 journeys in a 12 month period - only a few stations in the entire country with an hourly service manage to get that many passengers.

As of May 2018 only the New Mills Newton service was introduced with Network Rail now claiming the Greenbank and Macclesfield services can't be accommodated due to pathing constraints.

As the number of new services introduced which go in to Piccadilly from the southeast is significantly lower than the number of services which have been re-routed away from these lines, this explanation from Network Rail doesn't appear to be a valid one.

Therefore we call on the Department of Transport, Network Rail and Northern to work together to get the missing services introduced in the paths which have been freed up by the diversion of other services.

Click here to support this petition.

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