Line News & Events

  • Halton Curve Project

    18th November 2017

    Work is continuing on the Halton Curve Project ....

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  • Waiting for the Workers, Winter 1936

    6th September 2017

    Helsby and Alvanley railway station has been brought back to life by Nick Harling ....

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  • John Hobbs

    7th September 2017

    It is with great sadness that the North Cheshire Rail Users Group must report the death of John Hobbs ....

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  • John Hobbs - a true gent

    27th July 2017

    NCRUG recognise John Hobbs - a true gent ....

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  • News from NCRUG

    30th July 2017

    NCRUG report on the Parliamentary Train and confirm they are now on Facebook ....

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  • News from NCRUG

    19th July 2017

    Here is the latest news from the North Cheshire Rail Users Group ....

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 Awards

The North Cheshire Rail Users Group have won many awards for the Stations it has adopted under the Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) Station adoption scheme and also under the auspices of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP); the Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition and also a national prize from RailTrack now Network Rail.  However the Competition gets more fierce every year so  its a constant effort to raise the game as more communities enter the spirit of Station adoption.
 
Helsby Station - Awards
This is a large four platform station; the gardens were overgrown and the size of these gardens meant that it took the group several years to bring them under control - following our attention from 1998 onwards.

Awards have included: 
 1. 2000 National RailTrack Awards -  Best Unstaffed Station.
 2. 2003 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Winner .               
 3. 2004 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - NatWest Award.
 4. 2004 Westinghouse Signalling Award - The Signal Box for Best Restored Signal Box.
 5. 2005 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Vale Royal Borough Council Award.            
 6. 2005 ACoRP ( The Association of Community Rail Partnerships) Community Rail Awards
             - Third Prize Best Station Gardens.              
 7. 2005 National Station of the year Competition- Small Station Category - Finalist.
 8. 2006 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Winner.             
 9. 2007 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Best Kept Gardens Award.             
10. 2008 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Tidiest Station Award.               
11. 2008 Arriva Trains Wales Adopt a Station Conference
              - Arriva Trains Wales Best Station Gardens.              
12. 2009 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Cheshire West and Chester Award.
13. 2010  Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Winner.             
14. 2011 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Tidiest Station Award.
15. 2012 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition -   Best Kept Stations Gardens Award.
16. 2013 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Roberts Bakery Award.              
17. 2014 ACoRP ( The Association of Community Rail Partnerships) Annual Awards
              - Station Volunteer Pauline Jenkinson won Outstanding Volunteer Contribution
              for Helsby.          
18. 2014 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Cheshire West and Chester Award.
19. 2015 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Best Kept Gardens            
 
Frodsham Station  - Awards
NCRUG started working here in 2000, luckily starting work just before the platforms were due to tamaced our intervention led to the flower beds being retained and led to the glorious displays we see today.

Awards have included:  
 1. 2005 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Commended
 2. 2006 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Best Kept Gardens Award.
 3. 2007 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition -Vale Royal Borough Council Award. 
 4. 2008 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Cheshire Community Award.
 5. 2009 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Best Kept Gardens Award.
 6. 2010 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Cheshire West and Chester Award .
 7. 2011 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Winner.
 8. 2012 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Cheshire West and Chester Award.
 9. 2013 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Cheshire Celebrates Award.
10. 2013 Won the ACoRP Award - Best new use of a station building.
11. 2014 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Winner
12. 2015 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Chester West and Chester Award
13. 2016 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Competition - Chester West and Chester Award               
 
                
Runcorn East - Awards 
Runcorn East is an urban station and it has taken longer to raise the standard of the environment here but efforts by the volunteers have led to success at this modern station which has only been in existence for 25 years.

Awards have included: 

 1. 2010 Best Individual Contribution Award for work undertaken in the 
     woodland installation of thirty nest boxes in the station area 
 2. 2013 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition - Halton Award                 
 3. 2014 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for the Memorial Garden
    at the station entrance - Local award
 4. 2014 Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition -  Cheshire Youth Challenge Award
 5. 2015 Royal Horicultural Society (RHS) - "Britain in Bloom" for the Memorial Garden
     at the entrance - Level 2 Improving
 6. 2015 Cheshire Best Kept Stations - Halton Award

NCRUG Group Award - for Web Site
12th November 2016
The NCRUG was awarded a "Commendation"  for "Best Social Media"  by "RailFuture" at its Birmingham Conference on the 12th November 2016. This award was for the video featuring "Halton Curve" and was  in recognition of our contribution to rail campaigning.

The award was accepted by Cedric Green Secretary of NCRUG and John Hobbs, a Committee Member and Ex-Chairman who produced it.

The Video was directed by Saskia Dooley and funding for the project was provided by ACoRP and the North Cheshire Rail Users Group. Northern provided the facitities.

John Hobbs thanked ACoRP for their help in funding the video which would not have been otherwise been produced and Saskia for her input and commitment to making it a success.
 
Click here to view the Halton Curve Video
Click here to view the Commendation  
 
The video features Graham Evans MP, who has lent his support to the reinstatement of Halton Curve; together with NCRUG Committee members; the line is on track to be reopened in December 2018.

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