• Class 156 passenger service on the Mid Cheshire Line

  • All aboard the Mid Cheshire Line Music Train

  • The Cheshire Gardens Express heading through Delamere Forest

  • Freight Traffic on the Mid Cheshire Line

The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership

The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership was founded in 2003 to promote increased usage of the Mid Cheshire Railway Line and to develop and improve facilities along the route.

The Partnership is made up of key stakeholders along the Mid Cheshire Line – Cheshire Association of Local Councils, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West & Chester Council, Forestry Commission, Knutsford Town Council, Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association, Network Rail, Northern, Northwich Town Council, Stockport Council, Trafford Council, Transport for Greater Manchester.

Northern is the main funding partner of the CRP and will be working collaboratively with the CRP board and other local stakeholders over the next 9 years to promote the line, improve stations and realise further patronage growth.

Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership welcomes approaches from commercial and non commercial organisations to join the partnership.

The priorities for the Partnership are:

  1. To work with key partners through a Mid Cheshire Strategy Working Group to improve Mid Cheshire line services
  2. To promote and market the line
  3. To improve stations on the line
  4. To improve levels of community involvement on the line

In January 2012 the rail service along the Mid Cheshire Line became a Government designated “Community Rail Service” – this gives the Line a higher profile nationally, allows the CRP to access further pots of funding, offers free training and conferences for the CRP and gives greater flexibility when trying take forward new initiatives along the Line. Over the last year the Designated Fund has enabled the CRP to produce new marketing materials including new rail walks booklets, a group travel leaflet, postcards, station signage and an updated website. A huge thank you to DfT, Network Rail and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships for their support. 

Line News & Events


    1st May 2018

    The new timetable starting Sunday May 20th 2018 for the Mid Cheshire Line has been published ....

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    The RMT have announced a further two days of industrial action in May which will affect services on the Mid Cheshire Line ....

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    The Mid Cheshire Line Music Trains for 2018 have been announced .....

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    30th March 2018

    The CRP Marvellous Days Out mugs are now on sale at Knutsford Heritage Centre on King Street ....

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    27th March 2018

    The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership has launched an imaginative booklet ‘Discover Amazing Women by Rail’ .....

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    21st March 2018

    John Oates, as Chair of the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership, attended a meeting at Northern’s offices last week in relation to the May 2018 Timetable change ....

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This site has been re-designed using funding from the Designated Community Rail Development Fund - thank you to DfT, Network Rail and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships for their support.

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