News from East Midlands Trains

10.03.2015

Make Tracks for Alsager project launched

A project to promote awareness of Alsager station and encourage increased use of its rail services has been launched by North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP).

The project, called 'Make Tracks for Alsager' comprises a web and poster campaign, plus an information leaflet that will be delivered to all households in Alsager and surrounds.
The leaflet is a quick guide to Alsager's fully accessible station and provides details of the many direct services available from Alsager and tips for finding the cheapest fares, as well as 2 for 1 day out options that are available to Alsager passengers.

 Faye Lambert, NSCRP Community Rail Officer, who developed the project with Alsager station train operator East Midlands Trains and London Midland, said: "Very few small towns can boast regular direct services to London and key railway hubs like Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent and Derby. All these are available from Alsager, providing access by rail to anywhere in the UK, even Europe through Eurostar connections from London St Pancras."

 "Through Make Tracks our aim is to show local people that there are lots of rail travel options and ticket offers available right on their doorstep from Alsager station, whether travelling for work, study or leisure. And the cost can be very competitive too, especially for groups and advance bookings. For example, an Advance return to London Euston starts from £18.00, and with East Midlands Trains GroupSave offer, up to 4 children can travel for just £1 each."

 Make Tracks for Alsager has been sponsored through an award from Cheshire East Council's Transport and Accessibility Grant Scheme.

 Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, said: "Alsager station is blessed with some excellent rail links to the rest of the country. It is a community station with a team of volunteers that have helped to transform its appearance over the last few years and it has attracted a growing number of users.

"As a result, the station has won a number of awards. I hope the leaflet, which will be distributed with the help of station volunteers, will tempt more residents to use the station."

 Jason Cocker, Route Manager North for East Midlands Trains, said: "Make Tracks is an excellent local scheme to encourage local residents to make use of the train service on their doorstep. Alsager station is fully accessible and has excellent links to larger stations such as Crewe, Derby and Stoke as well as simple connections to London and elsewhere.

 "East Midlands Trains works closely with Community Rail Partnerships and local communities right across the network to offer support and make it easy, convenient and affordable for everyone to travel by train."

 To find out more about Make Tracks for Alsager, visit www.northstaffsrail.org.uk