Line News & Events

  • Winter Newsletter

    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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  • 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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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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