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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Branch Line Society News

10th September 2016

The Branch Line Society illustrious news magazine "BLN" dated 10th September 2016, No 1264, reports that the Rossett/Saltney Junction redoubling has a new target date.

This piece of infrastructure improvement will "eventually" fundamentally affect services around Chester and service possibilities over Halton Curve when they are introduced.
 
The "BLN" states that ..

"Although the second track was completed in 2015, it remains out of use and Network Rail now confirms that there will be no work on the project this year.

The reason quoted is that replacement of faulty signal cable was not included in the £44m project budget.

A possession is now planned for 24th March to 1st April 2017 to complete the installation, with commissioning and line speed improvements to be implemented over the weekend of 9/10th April".
 
A link to the Network Rail press release can be found at:
 
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/North-South-Wales-journey-improvements
 
The delays in rebuilding this seemingly simple piece of infrastructure have been very disappointing.

It was ripped out at the time of stringent cuts to British Railways when the Wrexham bypass was constructed and the DfT insisted the line was singled and came very close to complete closure.

We will still be left with a long single line section from Rossett to Wrexham North Junction.

Hopefully current policies on infrastructure improvements by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and"RailNorth" will lead to a rosier future for rail around Chester.

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