Line News & Events

  • Engineering Works

    20th July 2019 - 4th August 2019

    Services on the North Cheshire Line will be replaced by buses ......

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  • Castle Park Semaphore Signal Unveiling

    1st June 2019

    30 years of campaigning officially came to an end today on Saturday 1st June as two semaphore signals were unveiled in Castle Park .....

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  • The Halton Curve

    19th May 2019

    The Halton curve finally opened on 19th May 2019 ....

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  • The Early Days of NCRUG

    23rd May 2019

    A look back at the early days NCRUG and its first chairman ....

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  • Cheshire Best Kept Stations

    5th February 2019

    Frodsham has won the Best Kept Gardens Award 2018 ....

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  • News from the Line

    31st October 2018

    News from Runcorn East and Helsby Stations ....

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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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