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  • 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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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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