• 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. 

Click here for the Annual Report 2015

Line News & Events


    There is engineering work on the Mid Cheshire Line during March 2018 ....

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

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    30th January 2018 - 7th April 2018

    The Mid Cheshire Line Poster Exhibition is now at the Knutsford Heritage Centre, a short walk from Knutsford Station ...

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    23rd January 2018

    Delamere and Northwich Station scoop awards at Cheshire Best Kept Stations ....

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    The Music Train season for 2017 has finished but here is a review of our successful season .....

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    30th April 2018 - 3rd May 2018

    There is engineering work affecting the Mid Cheshire Line during late April / May 2018 ....

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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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