Small success secured in rail timetable battle at Mossley Station

MP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed a planned increase in rail services for Mossley thanks to campaigning locals and commuters.

Mossley Train station

A new train timetable is expected to be announced in the next few weeks, detailing services by TransPennine Express from May onwards.
Concerns have been raised by rail users and Friends of Mossley Station that the proposed changes would put jobs at risks, with commuters unable to get into work on time, or at all.
But recently announced plans for additional services to address some of these worries have been welcomed by Mr Reynolds.
He said: “I’m delighted to share some provisional good news regarding the proposed changes to the Mossley and Stalybridge rail timetables.
“Thanks in part to the high numbers of you who have rightly objected to the unacceptable move to reduce rather than increase services, I am pleased we appear to have made some progress.
“Following a meeting I held with Lucja Majewski, Regional Development Manager for TransPennine Express, Lucja has informed me in writing that Mossley will in fact have six services departing for Manchester in the morning peak (7am-10am).
“This is an increase of one additional service compared to today and will be provided by both TPE and Northern.
“TPE have furthermore indicated that for services departing Manchester to Mossley in the evening peak (4pm-7pm), the number of services increases from three to six.
“TPE will provide three services and Northern will also provide three services.”
He added: “I am thrilled that at this stage it also appears that Stalybridge will also receive six services in the morning and evening peak.
“This is great news but I will continue to keep the pressure up.
“Ms Majewski tells me that these services are still being reviewed and that discussions are ongoing with Network Rail.
“Thanks for raising your voices on this issue. We all know how dearly we need more local rail capacity, and to propose less was unthinkable.”
Friends of Mossley Station and the Stalybridge to Huddersfield Rail User Group (SHRUG) met with Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham just before Christmas to raise their concerns in terms of services’ utility, reliability and ability to meet demand for growth.
They are still pushing for improved arrival/departure times of peak services, and connecting services from Stalybridge to Victoria, Salford Central and onward.

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