Line News & Events

  • 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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  • John Hobbs - a true gent

    27th July 2017

    NCRUG recognise John Hobbs - a true gent ....

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  • News from NCRUG

    30th July 2017

    NCRUG report on the Parliamentary Train and confirm they are now on Facebook ....

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  • News from NCRUG

    19th July 2017

    Here is the latest news from the North Cheshire Rail Users Group ....

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NCRUG Commendation

12th November 2016

NCRUG is pleased to advise that they were awarded a Commendation for the "Best Social Media" in recognition of our contribution to rail campaigning at the RailFuture  - HEART OF THE RAILWAY Conference in Birmingham last Saturday 12th November.

The award was accepted by Cedric Green Secretary of NCRUG and John Hobbs, a Committee Member and Ex-Chairman who produced it.

The Video was directed by Saskia Dooley and funding for the project was provided by ACoRP and the North Cheshire Rail Users Group. Northern provided the facitities.

John Hobbs thanked ACoRP for their help in funding the video which would not have been otherwise been produced and Saskia for her input and commitment to making it a success.
 
Click here to view the Halton Curve Video

Click here to view the Commendation  
 
The video features Graham Evans MP, who has lent his support to the reinstatement of Halton Curve. The line is on track to be reopened in December 2018.
 
The Halton Curve Team at Merseytravel have recently advised:

Since our last update following the Combined Authority approval in April work has progressed on closing out the GRIP 3 works which includes elements of outline design and the procurement for the delivery of the future phases.Another key step has been taken with contracts awarded, through Network Rail, to Babcock Rail and the S&C North Alliance to undertake the detailed design and construction of the scheme.

The scheme remains on-course for physical construction to commence during Summer 2017, completion of the new infrastructure in Spring 2018 and the new passenger services to commence in December 2018.

In parallel to the delivery of the new and upgraded infrastructure Merseytravel is continuing through the process of securing an operator for the initial services over the Curve between Liverpool and Chester and future extension into Wales.

Halton Curve is part of a £340m investment in the area’s rail network over the next three years, funded by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region through the government’s Growth Deal. It also includes projects such as new and longer platform at Liverpool Lime Street to support more frequent services and new direct services to Scotland, infrastructure work to support the introduction of new trains on to the Merseyrail network, a new station at Maghull North and a revamped Newton-le-Willows station.

It is still our intention to hold another Stakeholder Event in the future, however in the interim we will continue to provide updates as key milestones are achieved.

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