Line News & Events

  • Summer 2023 Newsletter

    The North Cheshire Rail Users Group have published their Summer  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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Class 175 Corrosion Repairs

10th May 2016

The removal of Class 175 "Coradia" Trains from north Wales to Manchester services has had a detrimental affect on the quality of services provided along the North Cheshire line with Class 150/156 Units which are not suitable for long distance inter - urban travel being used in place of the Class 175 units on Llandudno/Bangor/Holyhead to Manchester & Manchester Airport services.

Charlie Hulme, who runs an online noticeboard on the North Wales coast railway, said: “The corrosion affects window frames, stump pillars and solebars; it is believed to be the first significant corrosion in a  post-privatisation diesel multiple unit fleet; ATW expects the repairs to be completed by September. It’s fortunate that all the Arriva Class 150 units, which are being pressed into service on long-distance routes, have refurbished interiors.”

However the NCRUG is concerned as passengers have to pay a premium on fares for the use of Class 175's, in the north of the ATW franchise and with the reduction in their availability this anomaly becomes of even more concern; fares for travel over equivalent distances in south Wales and north Wales and the north of England are much higher north of Chester. eg Bridgend to Cardiff £4.90 as against Chester to Runcorn East £7.80. Similarly the fare with Virgin via Crewe from Manchester to Chester is £12.60 and with ATW £16.70. However passengers should be aware that the Virgin fare cannot be used on ATW services.

Here is the link to the ATW story on the train issue:


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