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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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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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