• 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 inclduing 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 term of its franchise 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. 

From 19th May 2020, the Partnership is governed by a Community Interest Company - Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership CIC registered in England, Company Number 12611555.

Line News & Events

  • TEMPORARY COVID TIMETABLE

    18th January 2021

    Northern have introduced a Temporary Covid Timetable from Monday 18th Janaury 2021 ....

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  • EDUCATIONAL SEASON TICKETS

    1st December 2020

    Educational Season Tickets are now available for participating schools on the Mid Cheshire Line ....

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  • NEW COMMUNITY RAIL OFFICER

    23rd November 2020

    The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership has a new Community Rail Officer ....

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  • GALLERY IN THE GARDENS

    3rd October 2020 - 12th February 2021

    Enjoy the CRP's Cheshire's Wonderful Wildlife platform railway posters at Tatton Park's Gallery in the Garden ....

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  • CHESHIRE BEST KEPT STATIONS

    24th November 2020

    Three stations have won awards on the Mid Cheshire Line and there was a win for Winsford on the Crewe to Liverpool Line ....

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  • FEBRUARY 2021 BUS REPLACEMENTS

    1st February 2021 - 4th February 2021

    There is engineering work on the Mid Cheshire Line during February 2021 ....

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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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