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Holmes Chapel Viaduct

Disruption to Rail Services

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Work on the Holmes Chapel viaduct will cause disruption to rail service through Chelford in February 2016. There will also be work on the Peover viaduct which will disrupt Sandbach and Northwich services. The Knutsford Guardian has the full story here.

Our Station Adopter for Chelford, David Stannard, has kindly looked through the timetables and has produced the following information. As you'll see, railway scheduling is not a trivial task.

Looking on National Rail enquiries and Realtime trains websites it looks like we have basically 2 rail replacement coaches per hour in each direction (to Wilmslow and Crewe) -these will only have limited capacity and so there may be difficulties in boarding at peak times from mid-route locations such as Chelford but hopefully this is will not be an issue. I expect there to be special amended timetable booklets issued nearer the time.

Technically, the changes to the departure times of the local trains from Manchester are interesting (at least to the anoracks amongst us). The XX:55 Virgin Manchester to Euston via Crewe service will run via Stoke and to accommodate this, the Northern stopper to Stoke will leave early in the path to Cheadle Hulme of the current Alderley Edge stopper so that the Pendolino can then overtake it in the side platform at Macclesfield.

The Alderley Edge via Stockport service then departs 8 min later than usual at XX:46 in the path to Cheadle Hulme of the current Stoke local service — at the same time as the stopper via the Airport which normally continues on to Crewe (missing out Chelford and Goostrey) but during the disruption turns round at Wilmslow. There is then our normal Crewe stopper leaving at YY:04 which will terminate at Alderley Edge.

It will be quite busy on the Macclesfield line with the freights that use our line diverted that way. The ATW Manchester-South Wales services start from Oxford Road and run to Crewe via Warrington.

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