Rail minister Theresa Villiers has today announced the Mid-Cheshire railway line in north west England will now be run as community rail service, giving passengers more say on how the service will be run.
Designation of the line between Chester and Manchester via Northwich will allow train companies to work more closely with community rail partnerships to better design services to meet local needs.
Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership will now be able to work with current train operator Northern Rail to better design services to meet local needs on the route.
The designation of the line is part of the Community Rail Development Strategy which is looking at innovative ways to operate branch lines. This includes a programme of cost management and direct community involvement via local authorities, community rail partnerships, and other stakeholder groups.