Guidance

Mid Cheshire community rail line

Community rail line service between Chester and Manchester.

Documents

Mid Cheshire Line: prospectus

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Mid Cheshire Line: map

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Details

The Mid Cheshire Line passes through the Cheshire countryside linking Chester and Manchester.

Route data

Region North west
Locale Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Stockport
Stations 16
Length 64.4 miles
Journey time About 1 hour 28 minutes — one way
Route type Secondary branch line
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date 18 January 2012
Partnership Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Northern

The Mid Cheshire Line route serves the following 16 stations:

  • Chester
  • Mouldsworth
  • Delamere
  • Cuddington
  • Greenbank
  • Northwich
  • Lostock Gralam
  • Plumley
  • Knutsford
  • Mobberley
  • Ashley
  • Hale
  • Altringham
  • Navigation Road
  • Stockport
  • Manchester Piccadilly

The line provides rail links to the national rail network at Manchester, Chester and Stockport and with the Metrolink Tram network at Altrincham.

Community rail designation

The Mid Cheshire Line was designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport in January 2012. The designation covers the passenger services between Chester and Manchester via Northwich. Apart from Chester, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly all stations listed have designation status.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Mid Cheshire Line has been identified as a secondary branch line within Network Rail’s Cross Pennine, Yorks and Humber and north west (H) strategic route plan.

The Mid Cheshire Line Community Rail Partnership

The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership was founded in 2003 to promote the line and to develop and improve facilities along the route.

The Mid Cheshire Rail Users’ Association (MCRUA) is a rail user group. It represents the interests of passengers on the Mid Cheshire Line from Chester to Manchester and those travelling between Crewe and Liverpool.

Published 1 March 2013