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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Upgrade delays

9th November 2015

The multi-million pound rail scheme to improve train times between Wrexham and Chester has hit major delays.

Welsh Government chiefs, who are funding the project, have blasted Network Rail saying it was “unacceptable”.

The scheme costing nearly £40m, which was scheduled to be completed this month, now has unspecified problems it has emerged, which could set the finish date back by months.

The Welsh Government commissioned the scheme to help speed up travel times between North Wales and Cardiff, with NR carrying out the work, which would also improve links between the region and Merseyside and the North Cheshire Line to Manchester.

But serious unspecified “setbacks” have arisen sparking North Wales AM, Aled Roberts, to demand what has gone wrong and when is it going to be sorted out?

The works are currently doubling the line between Rossett Junction and Saltney Junction with the aim to get more trains running between the two points with increased speeds.

The "Wrexham Leader" has reported that the serious unspecified setbacks above; were the need to replace 13km ( 8 miles) of signalling cable which was found to be life expired. The project is now expected to be delivered in the New Year.

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