Line News & Events

  • Winter Newsletter

    7th February 2018

    NCRUG have published their latest newsletter for Winter 2018 ....

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  • Halton Curve Upgrade

    2nd February 2018

    The next stage of the Halton Curve upgrade gets underway .....

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  • Cheshire Best Kept Stations

    23rd January 2018

    Frodsham is Cheshire's Best Kept Station 2017 ....

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  • 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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Halton Curve Upgrade

2nd February 2018

The Merseytravel Communications Team are reporting ....

Work continues on the 1.5 miles of rail track near Frodsham, known as the ‘Halton Curve’ next on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th February and Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th February.

Network Rail’s Team Orange will be renewing track, recovering old signals and commissioning new colour-light signals and associated signalling equipment in the Frodsham area.

A new modern, signalling panel will be installed inside Frodsham signal box in place of the traditional mechanical levers which have been used to control the train movements on the Chester-Warrington line and Halton Curve since the 1900s!

A more modern, advanced system will mean more reliable train services for passengers for generations to come.

Vital upgrades to track will enable a new hourly service, in both directions, between Liverpool and Chester. The services, proposed to start running from December 2018, will generate 250,000 new trips, boosting the economy by £100m.

This Merseytravel scheme, due to cost a maximum £18.75m, is being funded through the Government's Growth Deal and the Liverpool City Region.

It is being developed by the Liverpool City Region (including Halton Council), Cheshire West and Cheshire Council, the Welsh Government and a consortium of the six county authorities in North Wales.

It is part of the £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region and sits within Network Rail’s Great North Rail Project – a multi-billion pound investment plan to transform train travel across the North.

Passengers travelling between Chester and Manchester are advised to check www.nationalrail.co.uk before they travel.

Train services between Chester and Manchester will be diverted with rail replacement bus services running between Frodsham, Helsby and Runcorn East.

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