Line News & Events

  • 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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  • Winter Newsletter

    7th February 2018

    NCRUG have published their latest newsletter for Winter 2018 ....

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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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