THE Mid Cheshire Train Line has reinstated hourly services from today, Monday.

The line, which connects Chester to Manchester via Northwich, Knutsford and Altrincham, will see its services improved with the introduction of its summer timetable.

Weekday services will revert to the normal hourly service with early and late trains being reinstated.

There will be two trains towards Chester in the morning peak just over half an hour apart, the 07.08 Piccadilly to Chester and the new 07.41 Piccadilly to Chester.

These services leave Knutsford at 7.52am and 8.28am with departures from Northwich at 8.05am and 8.41am.

Sunday services remain unchanged at every two hours.

John Oates, chairman of Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association (MCRUA) said: "Whilst MCRUA still continue to campaign for a much improved service of two trains an hour on weekdays and Saturdays we are pleased that, as we come out of lockdown, the rail services on the Mid Cheshire Line will be back to an hourly service on those days.

"This allows those commuting to work in a morning and returning in an evening to take the train and when the time is right for others to travel off-peak to visit the towns and villages along the line.

"MCRUA reminds passengers that you must still wear a face mask on board the train and at the station unless a medical condition or disability prevents you.

"You are also need to wash your hands before and after a journey and respect social distancing rules.

"MCRUA hopes that this improvement in the Mid Cheshire Line services will help passengers to revert to travelling on the train and, with the safety measures in place, our rail users can return and travel with confidence."