Line News & Events

  • Spring 2022 Newsletter

    The North Cheshire Rail Users Group have published their Spring 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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Engineering Works

20th July 2019 - 4th August 2019

Between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August, Network Rail engineers will be working to upgrade track, cabling, overhead lines and signalling on the busy Acton Grange junction.

Acton Grange is a key section of the West Coast main line between Crewe and Preston.

It helps connect Chester and Warrington to Manchester in the east and Wigan, Preston, the Lake District and Scotland to the West Midlands and London. It's used by over 260 trains every day.

£27m is being invested, as part of the Great North Rail Project, to bring the outdated track and equipment to modern standards and further improve the reliability of the economically important West Coast main line.

While the work takes place, many trains will be diverted to keep passengers moving. In some cases, passengers may need to change onto a different train or a bus for a section of their journey.

Passengers are being urged to check before they travel and to allow more time for their journeys as services will be busier than usual.

TfW services
Transport for Wales services, between Chester and Manchester, will not run.

Rail replacement bus services will operate between Chester and Newton-le-Willows, calling at Helsby, Frodsham, Runcorn East, Earlestown, Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Central. Passengers are advised to change at Newton-le-Willows for connecting trains to/from Manchester.

Rail replacement bus services will also operate between Chester and Manchester Airport, calling at Helsby, Frodsham and Runcorn East. Passengers are advised to change at Manchester Airport for connecting train services to / from Manchester.

Northern Services
New direct services between Chester and Leeds (introduced in the May timetable change) will start/terminate at Manchester Victoria.

Replacement buses will also operate on the Ellesmere Port line.

Chester Liverpool (Halton Curve) Services
Services from Chester to Liverpool will operate giving passengers travelling between Chester, Helsby and Frodsham a service through the day.


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