Line News & Events

  • Winter Newsletter

    The North Cheshire Rail Users Group have published their Winter Newsletter ....

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  • Halton Curve Campaign

    29th February 2020

    The North Cheshire Rail Users Group was last night officially recognised for 30 years hard work ....

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  • Frodsham Footbridge Project

    8th December 2019

    A temporary scaffold footbridge will now NOT be provided at Frodsham ....

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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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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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