Line News & Events

  • Cheshire Best Kept Stations

    5th February 2019

    Frodsham has won the Best Kept Gardens Award 2018 ....

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  • News from the Line

    31st October 2018

    News from Runcorn East and Helsby Stations ....

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  • Runcorn East Celebrations

    3rd October 2018

    Runcorn East Railway Station marks the station's 35th Opening Anniversary and an end of an era with ATW ....

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  • Latest NCRUG News

    1st October 2018

    Read the latest News from North Cheshire Rail Users Group ....

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  • Liverpool Here We Come

    10th June 2018

    Sunday 10th June was a significant milestone in the history of the North Cheshire Rail Users Group .... 

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  • Helsby Footbridge

    13th June 2018

    Helsby Footbridge works have started and two temporary footbridges are now in place ....

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Latest NCRUG News

1st October 2018

Read the latest News from North Cheshire Rail Users Group ....

Halton Curve
Transport for Wales have confirmed that due to the delays in delivery of the five Class 769 trains ordered by Arriva Trains Wales in 2017. The new Liverpool services will now not begin to operate until the May 2019 timetable change.

While NCRUG are obviously disappointed, we understand the pressures train operators face in delivering capacity with a national shortage of suitable trains.

Arriva Trains Wales
Arriva Trains Wales franchise to run services between Chester and Manchester will end on the 14th October after 15 years. KeolisAmey will begin a new 15 year franchise agreement under the Brand Transport for Wales from the 15th October and rebranding of Helsby Frodsham and Runcorn East Stations has already been completed..

TfW have promised a £5 billion investment in rail services over the 15 year franchise with new trains and extra services laid on.

This has started with an £800m order for 148 longer and quieter trains to replace the current stock. Spanish firm CAF has won a £400m deal to build 77 trains at its new base in Newport while Swiss company Stadler will make 71 to be introduced in 2022

NCRUG would like to take this opportunity to thank Arriva Trains Wales for their support over the past 15 years and look forward to working with new rail operator Transport for Wales from October.

New Merchandise
North Cheshire Rail Users Group has started to produce new branded merchandise over the past couple of months which have proved a huge success. All profits from the magnets will go to our Halton Curve celebrations next year. The Magnets are based on the old BR totem design for Chester Helsby and Frodsham.

A special commemorative edition to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Runcorn East Station will be released on the 3rd October. The magnets are available in a number of places. They can be purchased online at our Facebook page or Paws and Claws pet shop at Frodsham Railway Station have a good supply of the Frodsham totems and more limited supplies of the Helsby and Chester magnets. They retail at £2.50 plus P&P if purchased from our Facebook page.

Runcorn East 35th Anniversary magnets can be purchased direct at Runcorn East booking office from Wednesday 3rd October or direct from our Facebook page for the special price of £2.00 plus p&p if buying online.


This years AGM takes place at Frodsham Community Centre on the 24th October from 7pm. This years guest speaker is George Jones from the Llangollen Railway who will be doing a talk on the new extension into Corwen and the new station which is due to open in the Spring of 2019


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