Line News & Events

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    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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    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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Cheshire Best Kept Stations

23rd January 2018

Frodsham Railway Station has won the coveted top 'Cheshire Best Kept Station’ Award ....

Seventeen stations in the former county of Cheshire have scooped awards at the 15th Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards Evening held on Tuesday 23rd January 2017, and attended by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, the Lord Mayor of Chester, the Mayors of Cheshire East, Halton, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington, Wirral and eight other Mayors.

The Awards were presented before 170 guests at The Grange Theatre, Hartford, Northwich by
Jools Townsend Chief Executive of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), the membership body for around 60 community rail partnerships and over 1,000 station adoption groups across the UK.

On announcing the awards, Mark Barker, Chair of Cheshire Best Kept Stations said:
"Frodsham Station has won the top 'Cheshire Best Kept Station Award'

"The first view of this station is a beautiful display of flower beds and an original building which is well cared for by its’ current owners.

"The floral display continues on the platforms and is vibrant and colourful.

"The flower beds are well tended and are a credit to everyone involved and to the town."

Mark Warren, Chair of North Cheshire Rail Users Group, for Frodsham station:
“We are delighted with our win which was completely unexpected”.


Also at the Awards Evening, NCRUG was extremely proud that an award was given in honour of the late John Hobb who sadly passed away in 2017.

John had contributed to the success of NCRUG and the North Cheshire Lines in so many ways.

The John Hobbs Award was won by Hattersely Station and was given for their efforts in getting local people involved in the station with well supported community events to publicise the station and its train service and to improve its image.

This was how John operated within NCRUG - in particular, at Runcorn East Station where there is a commemorative plaque to remember him.

Mark Barker, Chair of Cheshire Best Kept Stations said:
“Tonight's Awards Evening is a celebration and a thank you for all the volunteers and community groups who do so much to brighten up our stations in Cheshire.

"It is not just about the winners - whether or not you win an award tonight, this is a big thank you and a party for all of you and for those who support & encourage you in the rail industry, local leaders and local authorities.

"Your work and dedication is an act of kindness in a world where sometimes there seems to be so little. 

"Tonight we have seen some truly excellent work from volunteers and staff at stations right across Cheshire from the Irish Sea to the Pennines. We hope you will all be encouraged to carry on."

Jools Townsend, Chief Executive of ACoRP, who presented the awards said:
'It was a privilege to be part of this fantastic event, which celebrates the hard work and dedication of volunteers across Cheshire.

"These volunteers work tirelessly to ensure their stations are welcoming gateways and hubs for their communities, bringing pride and enjoyment, and helping local people come together.

"It was great seeing how much these awards mean to these groups and hearing more about their work improving stations and benefitting local people."

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