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24/04/2014
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

WATTS

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Issue Apr 2014

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To read

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as regularly featured in

'Train on Line'

published by ACoRP

 

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To read the complete issues,

also of interest to RVR Members,

visit the

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09/04/2014
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
New Railcard

Click above for details

and to buy online

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Rail Services through DAWLISH

have now resumed

 

To view a gallery of 27 photos

courtesy Network Rail

of the

Storm Damage at Dawlish

(February 2014)

click below

 

To view photos of the refurbishment

prior to the re-opening of the line

click below

02/04/2014
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
HOLME TUNNEL

 

has now

RE-OPENED

ahead of schedule

 

A New Timetable is in operation

 

Click below to access in

Northern Rail Format

or

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National Rail Format

(Table 41)

24/03/2014
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

New Map

Railways & Waterways in

N.E. Lancashire

Click below

04/03/2014
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

FARES FROM

RIBBLE VALLEY STATIONS

Fares Revision

CLITHEROE LINE

To view fares from selected stations

from 2 Jan 2014

click below

 

Fares from other stations

may be obtained by

using a Journey Planner

28/12/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LOW MOOR

LEVEL CROSSING

CLITHEROE

by David Butterworth

 

Major update

15 Dec 2013

 

Click below for details

15/12/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
TIMETABLES

 

Valid from

8 Dec 2013 - 17 May 2014

 

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Northern Rail

 

National Rail

 

Timetables

08/12/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Visit of

TORNADO

NW England

14 April 2010

 

Major Update

 

Click below to read

Tornado crossing Arnside Viaduct

 

Also includes

Additional Photos, Maps

& Commentary

courtesy Derek Walmsley

(Furness Line Action Group)

07/11/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

DALES RAILCARD

Now available to those living in

Clitheroe & Whalley

with a BB7 postcode

Click below for details

22/10/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

MANCHESTER

METROLINK

 

Extension to Ashton-under-Lyne

now open

 

The Metrolink expansion continues with the new service to Ashton-under-Lyne, a continuation of the East Manchester line from Droyslden.

Metrolink opens up Ashton to a range of new visitors with potential destinations including the Snipe Retail Park in Ashton Moss, Ikea in Ashton West and a fantastic market in Ashton town centre.

The completion of the line also brings Ashton closer to the vast array of places in Greater Manchester already served by the Metrolink network: from the Etihad to Old Trafford, from city-centre shopping to Chorlton and Didsbury's independent retailers, from MediaCityUK to Bury markets and a host of other great destinations.

Trams are now running every 12 minutes from Ashton into the city centre and beyond, with an approximate journey time of 30 minutes – much less than the equivalent peak journey time by road.

Courtesy Metrolink

 

Click below to view a larger map

and to visit the Metrolink website

19/10/2013
 

 

 

 

 
 

PORTHMADOG

Gala Sept 2013

Peter Bleasdale

Gallery 16

 

Click below to view

Welsh Highland Railway

 

Ffestiniog Railway

15/09/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

FORTH BRIDGE

Details of proposed

new viewing area

Click below to view

Courtesy Network Rail

05/09/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

TODMORDEN CURVE

&

HOLME TUNNEL

 

Engineering Details

 

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to view (5MB)

(Click either photo)

13/08/2013
 

 

 

 

 
 

GALLERY 22

Graham Dudley

MAJOR Update

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08/08/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Virgin

PENDOLINOS

at

Rugeley - Crewe - Brock

Warrington - Acton Bridge

Langho Bank

 

Click photo below

 

Ted Buckley

 

Gallery 12

04/08/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
New Gradient Profile

SALFORD - BOLTON - EUXTON Jct.

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04/08/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

RAISING THE ROOF

at

MANCHESTER VIC.

 

Click below for details

Courtesy Network Rail

02/08/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

New Track Diagrams

(circa 1950s)

BOLTON West

BOLTON East

BURNDEN Jct.

Click below to view

01/08/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Major Improvement Work

on the

West Coast Main Line

at Watford

Click below for details

Courtesy Network Rail

30/07/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

METROLINK

 

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METROSHUTTLE

Free Travel

in Manchester City Centre

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28/07/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Successful Completion of

WCML IMPROVEMENT WORK

with additional photos

 

Courtesy Network Rail

28/07/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Network Rail's plans for

faster, more frequent services

across the North

Latest Update

Click below for details

Courtesy Network Rail

12/07/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

MID-HANTS LINE

'Watercress Line'

 

Gallery 12

Ted Buckley

 

29/06/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

READING STATION

in transition

 

Gallery 12

Ted Buckley

 

29/06/2013
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

BIRMINGHAM

MOOR STREET

9 May 2013

 

Gallery 15

Simon Clarke

 

11/05/2013
 

 

 

 

 
 

BIRMINGHAM

NEW STREET

 

Update

Click link immediately below

Half-time switch over

 

Courtesy Network Rail

10/05/2013
 

 

 

 

 
 

PAIGNTON - DARTMOUTH

Steam Railway

by

Simon Clarke

Gallery 15

25/04/2013
 

 

 

 

 
 

GALLERY 20

Welshpool

to

Llanfair Caereinion

Light Railway

Richard Watts

06/04/2013
 

 

 

 

 
 

New

RVR MEMBERSHIP

Leaflet

 

may be obtained from

 

Clitheroe Interchange

& other outlets

 

Click below to view

 

Designed by Dean Weaver

16/03/2013
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Photo Gallery

17/12/2012
 

 

 

 

 
 

BLUEBELL RAILWAY

Richard Watts

(East Grinstead - Horsted Keynes)

Quicker Access

11/12/2012
 

 

 

 

 
 

NUNEATON NORTH CHORD

now open

Click the above panel

for details of this

Important New Freight Link

 

Battlefield Line Feature

(Nuneaton - Market Bosworth - Ashby)

now added

 

07/12/2012
 

 

 

 

 
 

EAST LANCS TIMETABLE

Jan - June 1957

Includes Great Harwood Loop

03/12/2012
 

 

 

 

 
 

STALYBRIDGE

UPGRADE

 

03/12/2012
 

 

 

 

 
 
NAMED TRAINS
07/11/2012
 

 

 

 

 
 

Lancashire Rail Ramblers

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Guided Walks Programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome

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website

of

 

RIBBLE VALLEY RAIL

The User Group for the Clitheroe Line

 

 

CRL Website

 

 

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Live Departures in

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SERVICE DISRUPTIONS

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During adverse weather conditions, or rush-hour, one may just find that Train Running Information (Live Departure Boards)

can be accessed quicker using the website provided by Northern Rail rather than National Rail,

or vice-versa

 

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JOURNEY PLANNERS
TIMETABLES

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Manchester Metrolink

FARES
LONDON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MANCHESTER

MetroLink

 

MetroShuttle

 

BUS

Timetables

(Lancashire)

Click below

LOCAL FARES

(Ribble Valley)

 

From 2 Jan 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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London Underground Map

 

Also click map below for

Various Train / Bus Map Options

&

London Journey Planner

 

 

Transport for London

 

Oyster Cards

 

 

             

Use to find if trains are

Late or Cancelled

for a very wide selection of stations in

NW England & UK

Choice of format

Includes

Complete Travel Planner

for

Rail, Road, Bus, & Air

Road Traffic Delays

Also

use to access

Timetables for all TOCs

& National Rail

in the

North West & UK

Manchester Metrolink

 

Bus Timetables

(Lancashire)

From Clitheroe, Blackburn & Darwen

Duo Tickets

Day Rangers

plus other special offers

 

For travel

in and around

LONDON

and

IRELAND

 

 

Important changes to FTPE services on the North West routes

from

Monday 10 February 2014

 

As part of the on-going evolution and enhancement to FTPE services,

there will be several important alterations to the

North West route timetable from Monday 10 February 2014 .

 

These alterations will enable more of the new electric trains to be utilised

on the Manchester to Scotland route

 

ahead of the full deployment of the fleet from 18 May 2014 .

 

The changes are detailed below train by train

 

with specific advice for certain journey opportunities:

 

BARROW Line

The current 0615 Barrow-in-Furness to Manchester Airport service will become

an 0615 Barrow-in-Furness to Blackpool North service.

 

Customers from north of Lancaster travelling to Chorley , Bolton and Manchester stations

will be required to change trains at either Lancaster (cross platform interchange from Plat 5 to 4)

or Preston (cross platform interchange Plat 3 to 4) onto a 0723 Lancaster to Manchester Airport (0743 from Preston ).

 

In a change to the printed timetable, the current Monday to Thursday 1320 Barrow-in-Furness to Preston service

will be extended through to Manchester Airport .

 

This service will be formed of 6 carriages between Preston and Manchester Airport .

 

The current 1500 Manchester Airport to Barrow-in-Furness service will terminate at Lancaster .

 

A new direct service to Barrow-in-Furness will operate from Manchester Airport departing at 1429 .

 

This service will be formed of 6 carriages between Manchester Airport and Preston .

 

The current Monday to Thursday 1700 Manchester Airport to Barrow -in-Furness through journey opportunity will be

amended. The through carriages from Manchester Airport will no longer operate (the Barrow service will start from

Lancaster @1826). Iinstead customers for Barrow-in-Furness should travel on the 1700 Manchester Airport to Glasgow

Central or 1713 Manchester Oxford Road to Windermere services

and change trains at Lancaster (a change of platform from Plat 3 to 5 will be necessary via the footbridge) .

 

 

MANCHESTER to SCOTLAND

The current Monday to Thursday 1600 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh & Windermere service

will no longer convey carriages for Windermere.

Customers for Windermere will be required to change trains at Oxenholme.

This service will be formed of 6 carriages and (in a change to the printed timetable) will now call at Bolton .

 

The current 1700 Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central (& Barrow-in-Furness Mon-Thu) service

formed of 6 carriages will be amended to operate as 2 separate trains:

 

Train 1 will run as the 1700 Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central service. However, it will now operate via an

alternative route, and will not call at Bolton or Chorley .

 

This service will run non-stop between Manchester Oxford Road and Preston .

 

Customers at Manchester Piccadilly, who normally use this service to travel to Bolton,

can either catch the 1701 Northern Rail service to Manchester Oxford Road to connect with the service below (Train 2)

or use the 1722 Northern Rail Southport service.

 

Customers at Manchester Piccadilly, who normally use this service to travel to Chorley, can either catch the 1701

Northern Rail service to Manchester Oxford Road to connect with the service below (Train 2)

or use either the 1727 Northern Rail Blackpool North service

or the 1746 TPE service to Blackpool North & Barrow-in-Furness (6 carriages).

 

Train 2 will run as the 1713 Manchester Oxford Road to Windermere via Bolton and Chorley .

 

Customers who normally travel from Manchester Oxford Road to Bolton or Chorley

using the current 1718 departure should note the EARLIER departure of this train.

 

On Fridays, the current 1800 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh & Windermere service

will no longer convey carriages for Windermere.

Customers for Windermere will be required to change trains at Oxenholme.

 

 

In a change to the printed timetable, the current Monday to Thursday 1212 Edinburgh to Manchester Airport service

will no longer call at Oxenholme or Salford Crescent .

 

This service will be formed of 6 carriages between Preston and Manchester Airport .

 

The 1309 Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport service will call additionally at Oxenholme Monday to Thursday.

 

 

LAKES Line

The current Monday to Thursday 1600 Manchester Airport to Windermere

through journey opportunity will be amended.

 

The through carriages from Manchester Airport will no longer operate; instead customers for Windermere

should travel on the 1600 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh service,

and change trains at Oxenholme.

 

The current Fridays only 1800 Manchester Airport to Windermere through journey opportunity will be amended.

 

The through carriages from Manchester Airport will no longer operate.

Instead customers for Windermere should travel on the 1800 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh service

and change trains at Oxenholme.

 

The current Monday to Thursday 1742 departure from Oxenholme to Windermere service

will be re-timed to depart 07 minutes EARLIER at 1735.

 

The current Fridays only 1835 departure from Oxenholme to Windermere service

will be re-timed to depart at 1837 and call additionally at Burneside and Staveley.

 

The current Monday to Thursday 1843 departure from Oxenholme to Windermere service

will be re-timed to depart 06 minutes EARLIER at 1837.

 

The current Fridays only 1939 departure from Oxenholme to Windermere service

will be re-timed to depart 04 minutes EARLIER at 1935.

 

The current Monday to Thursday 1706 departure from Windermere to Manchester Airport service

will terminate at Oxenholme.

 

Unfortunately this will remove a journey opportunity to Lancaster however, a journey opportunity to Preston

will still be available by changing at Oxenholme.

 

The next journey opportunity to Lancaster will be the 1802 departure from Windermere (direct).

 

The current Monday to Thursday 1805 departure from Windermere to Manchester Airport service

will be re-timed to depart 03 minutes EARLIER at 1802

and will call additionally at Staveley and Burneside.

 

The current Fridays only 1856 departure from Windermere to Oxenholme service

will be re-timed to depart at 1908.

 

The current Fridays only 2003 departure from Windermere to Oxenholme service

will be re-timed to depart 04 minutes EARLIER at 1959 and will call additionally at Staveley and Burneside.

 

 

BLACKPOOL Line

The 0640 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service will benefit from the addition of 3 extra carriages.

 

Following the introduction of more electric trains on other services (and rather than leave an empty train in the depot)

we have been able to provide additional capacity on this very busy peak time service.

 

It should be made clear however, that from 19 May 2014, these additional carriages are required

to form part of the enhanced timetable offering on the main Trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds

and therefore this service will revert to its original formation.

 

In a change to the printed timetable, the current 0001 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North service

will terminate at Preston on Mondays only until 17 March 2013.

A replacement bus will be provided forward to Blackpool North.

 

In a change to the printed timetable, the current 0337 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service

will start from Preston on Mondays only until 17 March 2013.

A replacement bus will be provided from Blackpool North to Preston .

 

The 1429 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North service

will be formed of 6 carriages between Manchester Airport and Preston .

 

 

 

 

 

 
HELLIFIELD TRANSFORMATION NOW COMPLETE
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Network Rail has completed a project

to refurbish historic Hellifield Station

in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

Built of iron and glass,

the station canopy is over 130 years old

and was last refurbished in the mid 1990s.

 

Network Rail has now completed a £550,000 project

to repair and redecorate the station canopies structural steelwork

and replace all the glazing panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Network Rail Area Director, Martin Frobisher, commented:

 

“This is a beautiful old building and the investment we have made to sympathetically refurbish it

will safeguard its future and allow passengers to continue to enjoy the station for decades to come.”

 

 

The station is managed by Northern Rail

 

Richard Allan, Area Director for Northern Rail, said:

“Investment of this kind into our rural stations is extremely welcome

and Hellifield will hugely benefit from this refurbishment.

 

Our customers are now greeted by a brighter and more welcoming environment

and be able to enjoy the unique surroundings this historic station has to offer.”

 

 

Ruth Evans, from the Friends of Hellifield Station, added:

“It is great to see the work carried out to such a high standard on this magnificent station.

It is well worth a visit by using the famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line.

 

The Tea Rooms on the station are open most days

where you can enjoy a ‘Fireman's Breakfast'.

We would like to thank to Network Rail for their investment in this station.”

Text & photos courtesy Network Rail

 

Nigel Kirby , Ribble Valley Rail Webmaster, suggests:

Why not use the new Ribble Valley Rambler Sunday Service

to visit Hellifield Station

(see below)

 

 

 

 

TIMETABLE & FARES

 

 

 

To download the complete pdf version of the leaflet

click the above panel

 

 

 

 

DALES RAILCARD

 

 

Who can apply?


If you live between

 

Skipton and Carlisle (on the Leeds-Settle-Appleby-Carlisle line)

Skipton and Carnforth (on the Leeds-Morecambe line)

Carlisle and Brampton (on the Tyne Valley Carlisle-Newcastle line)

and your postcode is in one of the following areas:

or in Clitheroe or Whalley (Lancs)

CA 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17

DL 8, 11, 12

LA 2, 5, 6, 10

BD 23, 24

BB7

 

For further information, click below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To replacement timetable

click above

   

 

 

 

 

DalesRail 2013

has now finished

 

See above

Ribble Valley Rambler

 

Starts

Sunday 15 Sept

 

 

 

 

 

MANCHESTER METROLINK
XXXXUpdated 31 July 2013

Click map below to visit Metrolink website

(Fares, Timetables, Service Updates etc.)

Click here to view map of the FREE Manchester Metro Shuttle service

 

 

Detailed Street Maps of the new SOUTH MANCHESTER line


View the South Manchester line from Trafford Bar to St Werburgh's Road

x View the South Manchester line from St Werburgh's Road to East Didsbury

 

 

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METROSHUTTLE

Free Travel x in Manchester City Centre

 

For full details, click the map below

(Also click map for details of MetroShuttle services in Bolton, Oldham & Stockport)

 

 

 

SALFORD CRESCENT

Better facilities for Salford Crescent passengers

 

 

Passengers are benefitting from better access and facilities at Salford Crescent station

following a £12m upgrade, which will allow the station to meet growing passenger demand in the city.

 

The station, which services 1.5m passengers a year, now has a new ticket office, better customer information

and security systems plus a new lift to make the station fully accessible for the first time.

 

In addition, the platforms have more space, new canopies and seating,

which have been extended to accommodate longer six-car trains.

 

The improvements will enable the station to handle the increasing population in Salford

and extra commuter numbers from across Greater Manchester.

 

 

Dyan Crowther, Network Rail route director said:

 

“Along with the rest of the rail network, more passengers are using Salford Crescent than ever before,

with demand forecast to continue increasing in years to come.

The rebuilding of Salford Crescent delivers a better experience for passengers

and will allow it to handle the ever increasing numbers of people who want to use the railways.

 

“In the long term, we have big plans for further improving the rail network across the north through the Northern Hub,

which will create space for up for 700 more trains every day

and help provide over £4bn worth of wider economic benefits for the region.”

 

 

Salford City Council and Urban Vision provided support and funding

for a new taxi lay-by, improved passenger walkways,

and the refurbishment of the footpath down to the platform.

 

 

 

Opening the revamped station, Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart, said:

 

“Salford is one of the fastest growing cities in Britain

and we need our local transport to be able to cope with that.

 

“The changes by Network Rail and Salford City Council mean that Salford Crescent,

a crucial part of the local train network,

can meet the huge demand it now faces from passengers.

 

“Salford is growing, jobs are being created and now commuters can get to work more easily.”

 

 

 

Lee Wasnidge, Area Director for Northern Rail added:

 

“Salford Crescent is a station on the rise; in line with investment in the north west

and, with passenger numbers continuing to grow,

improvements in access and facilities will deliver better journeys for our customers.”

 

 

 

Salford Crescent is a key interchange point

for several rail routes converging on Manchester.

 

It is also used by students from the nearby University of Salford.

 

 

Prior to the station upgrade works,

the ticket office was immediately at the bottom of a staircase

leading to the platforms

which created a pinch point between passengers buying tickets

and those trying to leave the station.

 

In the peak periods, the station became very congested,

with large numbers of passengers waiting for trains

mixing with those changing trains or leaving the station.

 

Major improvements are now complete and the station now benefits from a new ticket office

accessed off Windsor Bridge on the A6; a main artery into the city centre.

 

This has resulted in a large amount of space on the platforms being freed up.

There is a new footbridge and stairwell linking the new ticket office with the platforms

and a lift has been introduced, making the station accessible for all.

 

The existing waiting room was demolished as part of the scheme

to provide even more space at platform level

 

and new state of the art platform canopies

and seating have been assembled.

 

New passenger information and station announcement systems

are integrated into the platform canopies.

 

The platforms have been lengthened in both directions

and give a staggered effect

to encourage passengers to occupy the full length of the platform

rather than congregate in the middle.

 

Six car train units now operate on the route

providing an improved travelling experience for rail users.

 

The improved Salford Crescent station will complement

the highway and public realm work to Chapel Street and the Crescent

carried out by Salford City Council

and will contribute to the regeneration of the Chapel Street area.

 

It will also benefit the University of Salford's aspirations

to enhance the main Peel Park campus

and accessibility to the new MediaCityUK campus.

 

The project was successfully completed by Network Rail,

working with Buckingham Group Contracting Limited and stakeholders

including Salford City Council and the University of Salford.

 

The scheme was delivered over a 12 month period

and completed 3 months ahead of schedule.

 

Salford Crescent station remained operational throughout the project.

 

Media Relations (North West & West Midlands)

Telephone 0161 880 3142

Fax Mobile Email mediarelations@networkrail.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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Manchester - Blackburn - Hellifield - Carlisle

Passenger Service

Update

 
 

 

It is now many months since Ribble Valley Rail and Friends of the Settle & Carlisle Railway launched a survey to gauge demand for a Manchester - Carlisle service using the stretch of line from Clitheroe to Hellifield.

Daily services along this line were stopped in September 1962.

Since then, the line has been only lightly used for Summer Sunday services, occasional charter trains & freight traffic.

 
 

 
 

The project coordinators, Marjorie Birch from Ribble Valley Rail and Paul Levet from the Friends of Settle Carlisle Railway, are very pleased with the response with 2,600 surveys received & 41,000 promised journeys. Every response is being analysed & used to establish a business case for a new service. They would like to thank to everyone, who have taken the time to respond.

What has been especially noteworthy is the demand from Hellifield & Settle to travel to Manchester and Manchester Airport. Travellers from these areas can only get to Manchester at the moment by travelling to Leeds & then to Manchester.

The survey has also recorded a strong demand from the Ribble Valley to travel to the Dales & Scotland, which is very useful, since it confirms need for travel both north and south on the proposed service. The Clitheroe to Manchester line has been a great success with spiralling passenger numbers but this is an opportunity to improve passenger journey choices.

As well as easier rail travel to the Dales & Scotland Ribble Valley rail travellers can, if rail services were operated on the Clitheroe - Hellifield section look forward to access to Skipton and Lancaster by changing at Hellifield. Hellifield station is a great example of Victorian railway architecture with a welcoming café.

Paul Levet from the project team says:

“ It would be great to restore this station to its former glory when it was a very busy railway junction”

Responses have been received from all over the country but in good numbers from the Eden Valley, Preston, Lancaster, Bolton & Manchester.

Marjorie Birch from the project team commented:

“What has been especially significant is the support for the opening of the Clitheroe to Hellifield line, which is operational but under-utilised. This is a yawning gap in the national network and people are asking. Why should this be so when there is a line ready to use?

Inspired by the survey results, the project team have been considering options to promote: A Manchester-Carlisle service, as they began with, or a timetabled Manchester-Hellifield service complementing the Manchester to Clitheroe service.

Both these options join three railway lines, the Settle & Carlisle, Manchester to Clitheroe & the Lancaster/Morecambe to Leeds, and open up new markets to an operating company.

The project team are meeting with Network Rail, Department of Transport, Passenger Transport Executives, Northern Rail & other potential franchisees.

 

The team are continuing to record responses, so if you can use the service & have not responded or know someone, who could, please do so

online http://www.foscl.org.uk

or send an email to paul.levet59@gmail.com

or letter to:

Paul Levet, Jerusalem Hill, Gisburn Road, Bolton-By-Bowland, Clitheroe, Lancs BB7 4NP

 

answering the questions as shown above.

Paul Levet, Marjorie Birch

Project Co-ordinators

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

   
 
MANCHESTER PICCADILLY
 
STATION CAR PARK IS EXTENDED TO 855 SPACES
 

 

 

 

The demand for rail travel from Manchester's Piccadilly station has increased so much that car drivers are regularly turned away from the multi storey car park because it is full.

Network Rail is tackling the problem by creating an extra 263 spaces.

Built in time for the Commonwealth Games that were held in Manchester in 2002, the existing multi storey car park and level deck alongside the station have 592 spaces in total. However, that is no longer enough as Liz Ratcliffe, Network Rail's commercial manager (retail) explains:

 

“When the car park was built, there were plenty of spaces for everyone. What couldn't have been predicted at the time was the phenomenal growth in demand for rail travel right across the country.

“That, plus the increase to three trains an hour to and from London from the end of 2008 means that on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays we frequently have to turn cars away.

“While our passenger satisfaction surveys are always very positive, the recurring theme is the lack of spaces at peak periods, which is why we are extending the car park.”

 

The extension is being built using pre-cast concrete. When completed the entire car park, including the original building, will be clad in a structural steel that weathers to a natural brown colour over a period of time.

It has been used successfully on other buildings in Manchester and is seen as a good choice of material for a structure adjacent to the brick warehouses and the station.

It also provides savings for Network Rail as it is a low-maintenance material that doesn't need painting or cleaning, which will help the company meet its cost efficiency targets.

 

The existing car park holds a Park Mark safer parking award, and Network Rail will apply for the entire car park to be re-assessed so that motorists can park in the knowledge that they are leaving their cars in a safe and secure environment.

 

The extended car park will be entered into the British Parking Awards and will also be considered for a number of design and architecture awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLITHEROE LINE

FARES

 

To view fares from selected stations

click below

 

Fares from other stations

may be obtained by

using a Journey Planner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRISH RAILWAYS TRAVEL INFORMATION

&

LIVE DEPARTURES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to our Website

We hope you are enjoying your visit

and will explore further

 

 

Sometimes up to over 4000 visitors

and 238,000 “hits” in a single week

tell the good news that we have a mine of interesting information inside.

 

 

Would you like to get our 16-page magazine, RVRNews, as well?

It's published four times a year, and is free to members.

Why not have a look at a sample issue, RVRNews 86, by clicking the photo on the right?

To read RVRNews 99, the latest issue, why not join RVR, and obtain your free copy?

Membership Details on how to do this are included below and elsewhere on this website.

 

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will be found in Picture Gallery 1 by

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Better still, we think that you would be proud to be involved with our work of helping to bring an always improving train service to the Ribble Valley and through Darwen, all the way to Manchester.

Current “hot topics” are:

•  Doubling of the line between Bromley Cross and Blackburn to help punctuality, and allow a genuine half-hour service from Blackburn to Manchester

•  Increasing the length of platforms along the Ribble Valley to make them suitable for three or four car trains - COMPLETED Dec 2011.

•  Extending the passenger service, on existing tracks, to Hellifield and beyond, giving services to Lancaster, Skipton, Leeds and Carlisle. This would bring York, Scarborough and Scotland into easy reach. It would also bring Manchester Airport within an easy train ride from all stations to Carlisle.

Sounds good? Sounds exciting? Help it happen, come to our open committee meetings, and get the inside information from Northern Rail and Network Rail. Even join the committee . . .

 

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CHANGES TO NORTHERN DUOS

Northern Rail have announced significant changes to their Duo tickets that will benefit customers travelling throughout Lancashire.

Duo Tickets may now cover more than one line of route.

Details of the changes are shown below:

Clitheroe – Manchester Victoria via Darwen line to all stations on the East Lancashire line (Colne /Burnley Manchester Road – Blackburn section).

Clitheroe line (Clitheroe – Blackburn section) / East Lancashire line (Colne / Burnley Manchester Road – Preston) to all stations on the Ormskirk branch.

Clitheroe line (Clitheroe – Blackburn section) to all stations as far as Preston.

Burnley Manchester Road to Manchester Victoria via Hebden Bridge

Ormskirk branch to Liverpool Stations via Ormskirk and Merseyrail Electrics

Kirkby, Rainford and Upholland to station via Wigan / Atherton to Manchester Victoria

Blackpool South branch and Blackpool North, Poulton-le-Fylde & Kirkham & Wesham to Blackburn and stations beyond on the East Lancashire line – these are only valid for travel in this direction only .

 

Q & A

What are the average savings customers can enjoy with a Duo ticket?
Two adults will save 25% on the total cost of your return journeys, based on two adult Anytime Day Return or two adult Off-Peak Day Return tickets.

When will the promotion end?
This is not a promotional offer with an end date - Duo tickets are a permanent Northern Rail ticket.

Will the price of the ticket change?
The prices for Duo tickets are valid from 2 January 2011.

At what times of the day are the Duo tickets available?
In general, tickets are valid from 0930 on Mondays to Fridays; with some valid from 0830 or 0900 on certain routes. Duo tickets are valid at anytime at weekends and Bank Holidays

apart from December when they are not available on Saturdays or Sundays.

Check the Routes and Conditions page for more details.



Where can I use a Duo ticket?
You can travel across many routes on the Northern Rail network with a Duo.

Where can I purchase a Duo ticket?
Duo tickets can be purchased from the ticket office at staffed train stations. They may also be purchased on-train from conductors but only when you board the train at an unstaffed station or when the ticket office is closed.

Can I use a Duo ticket on other train services such as First TransPennine Express?
Yes, you can. The Duo ticket can also be used on First TransPennine Express, Merseyrail Electrics, Hull Trains, East Coast, East Midlands Trains, CrossCountry Trains and Virgin Trains services when you travel on Northern Rail routes with a Duo Ticket.

Can I buy a Duo ticket in advance?
Yes, you can purchase the Duo in advance from ticket offices at any staffed train station.

Does the ticket apply to a child and an adult travelling together?
No. The Duo ticket only applies when two adults are travelling together.


 

For details of all Northern Duo Tickets

click logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to travel by train or ship...  

Maybe you don't like flying, or are concerned about air travel's contribution to global warming

Or perhaps you just prefer real  travel by train or ship, where the journey is part of the adventure... 

 

Either way, The Man in Seat Sixty-One will tell you how to travel overland comfortably & affordably where you might think that air was now the only option.

 

 

... within the UK & Ireland

Train times & fares for train travel in Britain:  UK page

How to travel from Britain to Ireland by train+ferry:   Ireland page, Northern Ireland page

 

 

... from the UK to Europe

How to travel by train from the UK to almost any country in Europe:  Europe page

 

 

 

 

... in Asia, Africa, America, Australasia

How to travel by train or ship from the UK to & within countries worldwide: 

Use the site map or search the site

 

... in United States of America

 

 

 

 

 

U.K. AIRPORTS + Parkways + Portsx

now with Post Codes

to facilitate Satellite Navigation to the desired location

To access in National Rail format xclick below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete Travel Planner

ALL modes i.e. CAR, RAIL, BUS, AIR etc.

including reports on road, rail etc. delays

and with maps

"Door to door" journey input available

- a powerful, very comprehensive & another amazingly useful link

CLICK HERE

Do visit this website

Those, forced to travel by road, will also find this site of immense benefit.

- it's absolutely fascinating to note the many features on offer!

 

 

 

 

BUS TImetables

( for Bus-Train connections in Lancashire )

For a summary of Bus Timetables,

which are available for viewing on-line with direct links,

click here

 

 

 

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Extract from National Rail Timetable dated 22 May 2011 :

 

 

 

 

 

 

To access the

Season Ticket Calculator

click the above poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information

 

 

 

 

New online train ticket service

from Northern Rail

 

You can now purchase train tickets to anywhere in the UK

using our new online train ticketing service.

 

Our system is quick and easy to use

and you can feel confident

that there are no hidden charges

when you book your tickets online at northernrail.org

 

We are determined to deliver you the best online customer experience,

so over the next two weeks, you will see further enhancements

being made to the system.

 

 

 

northernrail.org

 

no booking fees

no credit card fees

no hidden charges

tickets to anywhere in the UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HISTORICAL POSTERS

Further posters in this fascinating and well-researched series

are now available for viewing

 
 

 

Click the above poster

to view others in this series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Extract from Network Rail website:

Ticket refunds

The train operating companies run the passenger trains, and you need to contact them about ticket refunds.

 

Where to get a ticket refund

If you bought your ticket from:

  • A ticket office or self-service machine at a station - you need to return your ticket to the ticket office at any station

(it does not have to be the station where you bought the ticket) .

 

  • A travel agent - you need to return your ticket to the travel agent, who sold it to you.

 

  • A website or telesales office run by a train company - you need to return it to the address that they specify.

 

General information about ticket refunds

You can find general information about ticket refunds in Section E of the National Rail Conditions of Carrriage page on the National Rail website. 

 

 

 

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BEST VALUE TRAIN FARES WEBSITE

 

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has a campaign to
promote the
best value train fares for passengers after it was revealed that
thousands of passengers are
missing out on cheaper train journeys each
month.


www.bestvaluefares.co.uk xshows passengers how they can save money on train
fares by
booking in advance, taking advantage of special deals or being
flexible
when they travel.

The website was launched as many train companies
announced ticket price increases 2010.

For a direct linkx click here

 

Also see below

 

 

 

 

 

Also recommended for

XBEST FARESX

For a direct link click above logo

Well-worth exploring this interesting & useful website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIMETABLE & FARES

 

 

 

To download the complete pdf version of the leaflet

click the above panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCENIC BRITAIN by TRAIN

 

 

This ACoRP Publication showcases many of the Scenic Rail Lines around Britain.

Most of the lines featured are supported by Community Rail Partnerships.


Our many rural branch lines take you to some of Britain's most beautiful scenery and loveliest villages,

and they're connected to all parts of the country by the high quality, frequent, InterCity Rail network.

 

For a pdf copy, click on the panel below, which depicts the section in the brochure,

highlighting the West & East Lancashire, Ribble Valley and South Fylde Lines:

 

To get a printed copy, please contact the ACoRP office below:

 

Rail and River Centre
Canal Side
Civic Hall
15a New Street
Slaithwaite
HUDDERSFIELD
HD7 5AB
 

Phone: 01484 847790

Fax: 01484 847877

E-mail: office@acorp.uk.com

 

To visit the ACoRP website click below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

XLITTLE NORTH WESTERNX

Click map for a link to the Community Rail Lancashire website feature on the History of this Line

To view an enlarged version of this map, click mini-map (right)

To view 1938 "Little North Western" Timetable, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL WITH TORNADO

Click above

TORNADO is now operating main-line trains

and working on preserved lines

 

* * * * * *

For information about

Special Steam Excursions & Events

including those in the North of England

click here

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Click logo to access the

Eurostar xwebsite

 

 

 

FARES

To view

Local Fares from Ribble Valley Stations

and the

Season Ticket Calculator for ALL UK Stations

 

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Services between

Manchester and Rochdale via Oldham and Shaw

have now been withdrawn

to allow Metrolink construction

 

No substitute for the withdrawn service

but why not read a nostalgic account of the

 

Oldham - Greenfield - Delph Line

(aka "The Delph Donkey")

 

written by RVR Member Geoffrey Hilditch O.B.E.

To read, click on the map below

Part 2 added October 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route Utilisation Strategies

are key elements in the rail industry planning process

Route Utilisation Strategies (RUSs) seek to balance capacity, passenger & freight demand, operational performance and cost, to address the requirements of funders and stakeholders. Network Rail is developing Route Utilisation Strategies to cover the rail network, in conjunction with rail industry partners and wider stakeholders.

Network Rail will take account of the recommendations from RUSs when carrying out its activities.  In particular they will be used to help inform the allocation of capacity on the network through application of the normal Network Code processes.

For further details and to view the various reports, click below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A STATIONMASTER'S LIFE

AT WILPSHIRE

in the 1880s

 

by Craig Wardxxx

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW Complete Travel Planner

ALL modes i.e. CAR, RAIL, BUS, AIR etc.

including reports on road, rail etc. delays

and with maps

"Door to door" journey input available

- a powerful, very comprehensive & another amazingly useful link

CLICK HERE

Do visit this website

Those, forced to travel by road, will also find this site of immense benefit.

- it's absolutely fascinating to note the many features on offer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHEAPEST FARE FINDER

'Cheapest Fare Finder' allows you to search for a ticket based on cost, and shows you journeys where the selected ticket is available. You can choose up to 4 individual dates, and specify the times of the day that you'd prefer to travel. You may find even cheaper tickets if you try different times of the day. You may find that there is a choice of Train Company for your journey, and to make the choice easier, National Rail shows you the facilities that are usually available when travelling on the respective trains.

For further information, and to try out this important new feature provided by National Rail, click here

Well-worth exploring this powerful & fascinating fare-searching tool !

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting / Travelling through London?

London Tube MapTransport for London (for trains, buses, etc.)Oyster Cards -

well-worth having - considerable savings - highly recommended - can be purchased and topped up via the Internet before travelling to London

Without an Oyster Card, the minimum adult fare on the Tube is £4, and for buses is £2.

Look at the Oyster website to discover the savings and other benefits on offer with one of these cards.

London Zonal Fares, Validity etc,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Rail Map xExcellent clarity when enlarged

Train Running Information

Service Alterations due to Engineering Work

 

 

Visiting / Travelling through London?

London Tube MapTransport for London (for trains, buses, etc.)

Oyster Cards -

well-worth having - considerable savings - highly recommended - can be purchased and topped up via the Internet before travelling to London

Without an Oyster Card, the minimum adult fare on the Tube is now £4, and for buses is £2.

Look at the Oyster website to discover the savings and other benefits on offer with one of these cards.

London Zonal Fares, Validity etc,

London Euston to Heathrow

via Underground

Journey time approx. 1 hour

Route:

Victoria Line :

Euston - Green Park

Piccadilly Line :

Green Park - Heathrow all terminals

 

Oyster single fare:

£3.50 Monday to Friday from 0700 and before 1900

£2.00 At all other times including public holidays.

Cash single fare:

£4.00 at any time

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Guided Walks

linked to the Leeds - Morecambe Line

have also been arranged for the area bounded approximately by

Giggleswick - Bentham - Carnforth - Morecambe

for which details may be found by clicking here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rail Cards

For detailed information

 

click here

 

 

Travelling to London Euston?

For details of various Virgin Fares (Single & Return) available from

 

Lancaster, Preston, Wigan NW, Manchester, Liverpool etc.,

click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Rail Journey Planner

is a useful site for discovering the fares, and for purchasing tickets via the Internet. Click on the underlined part to access.Virgin Trains fares website is also a useful guide for obtaining the information, but not necessarily recommended for on-line booking.

However, tickets obtained at manned stations can sometimes be much cheaper.

Click logo to access the Eurostar website

 

 

 

RVR X CAB XRIDE DVDs

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PlusBus

A PlusBus ticket gives you unlimited bus travel around town, at the start, the finish, or both ends of your train journey. Plusbus is now available to 195 towns and cities across the U.K., costs around £2, and railcard discounts are available. Additional features and locations will be available from 20 May 2007. Well-worth considering, and more detailed information can be obtained by clicking here to visit the PlusBus website. Leaflets are also available at manned stations and information/visitor centres.

The "add on" tickets can be purchased at the usual ticket offices, and shortly it is expected that they will be available for purchase on-line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If, once you have viewed the various sections of this website, you would like information about how to join RVR, please click photo

 

Bill Briggs

RVR Membership Secretary

 

 

 

 

RVR Who's Who

Chairman:

Marjorie Birch, “Raydale”, Crow Trees Brow, Chatburn, Clitheroe BB7 4AA

Tel : 01200 441549 : email : rjm.raydale@tiscali.co.uk

Secretary & Vice-Chairman:

Peter Eastham, 79 Rogersfield, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8HD

Tel : 01254 240830 : email : p.eastham@talktalk.net

Hon. Treasurer:

David J. Butterworth, 72 Fairfield Drive, Clitheroe, BB7 2PS

Tel : 01200 425750 : email : djbutterworth@talktalk.net

Membership Secretary

Bill Briggs, 55 Bank Head Lane, Hoghton, Preston PR5 0AB

Tel : 01254 854474 : email : bill.rvrnews@virgin.net

Friends of Stations Co-ordinator:

Brian Haworth, 182 Whalley Road, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8AA

Tel : 01254 247844 email : brian.haworth@talktalk.net

 

 

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