Line News & Events

  • News from the Line

    31st October 2018

    News from Runcorn East and Helsby Stations ....

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  • Runcorn East Celebrations

    3rd October 2018

    Runcorn East Railway Station marks the station's 35th Opening Anniversary and an end of an era with ATW ....

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  • Latest NCRUG News

    1st October 2018

    Read the latest News from North Cheshire Rail Users Group ....

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  • Liverpool Here We Come

    10th June 2018

    Sunday 10th June was a significant milestone in the history of the North Cheshire Rail Users Group .... 

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  • Helsby Footbridge

    13th June 2018

    Helsby Footbridge works have started and two temporary footbridges are now in place ....

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  • Winter Newsletter

    7th February 2018

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

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Branch Line News

3rd September 2016

The "Branch Line News" the respected organ of the Branch Line Society, advises in their issue No 1263, that ' Platform 4, at Liverpool South Parkway (LSP), is to be extended by 250 yards south to take Class 390 "Pendilinos".  This is due to Liverpool Lime Street's 2 month closure in 2018 which will result in Virgin Trains London services terminating at LSP - this work at Lime Street will allow 2 new platforms to be created - for Chester trains.

Recommended onward travel will be by "Merseyrail".  A four trains an hour shuttle will operate from LSP to Edge Hill (reverse) to serve St. Helens and Wigan.

Ultimately, the reinstated Chester trains taking the Halton Curve will use the slow lines to Allerton.

Signal Boxes at Lime Street, Allerton and Speke Junction will be demolished on transfer of signalling control to Manchester Regional Operating Centre.

Runcorn box will close but remain as it is a listed building.

This is further evidence that progress towards the re-opening of Halton Curve is on going and is good news for NCRUG.

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