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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NCRUG Meeting

15th November 2016

Re-Regulation of the Rail Industry in Wales - Abellio Stakeholder Liaison Manager, Sian James, addresses NCRUG  ....

The meeting was addressed by Sian James representing Abellio Trains Wales

Sian spoke about the re-regulation of the rail industry within Wales and that she was a Stakeholder Liaison Manager for the bidding Company.

She thought that people consistently wanted new trains, clean trains and connectivity along with the provision of Apps, WiFi and extended services were a given from Wales to Liverpool to LSP and Liverpool Lime Street.

Ministers have put the contract in the hands of Transport for Wales (TfW) Growth Track 360 and the NWEAB were drivers for this.

Other bidders are Keolis, MTR and Arriva.

It seems that the four bidders would go forward to the next stage of the bidding process and that this process was totally different from other franchise bids as this one sought to be aspirational after the steady state award to ATW.

We were reminded that specific details of the bids, remains confidential.

However, the bidders are looking for new ideas. 

Cedric Green (NCRUG Secretary) asked what was the driver for this, if it was not profit? What are the incentives?

Sian advised that the bidders contract would drive the award and delivery process. 

After her presentation Sian invited questions – these covered amongst other topics:

  -  peak capacity problems on Saturdays/ Fridays/Chester Race Days etc
  -  shortage of rolling stock throughout the ATW franchise leading to overcrowded commuter
     services to Manchester
  -  service frequency and the busy parallel M56
  -  short-formed services
  -  CIS problems
  -  lack of through services to Wales on a Sunday
  -  fare anomalies and their creation,
  -  Class 175
  -  the DfT fare supplement and the response of Virgin Trains
  -  Welsh language signs at English stations
  -  the lack of ATW staff at stations beyond Runcorn East


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