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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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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