by Iain Roberts on 7 May, 2018
Cllr Iain Roberts has written to Northern Rail over the timetable changes which will see a poorer service at stations along the Manchester Airport line. We will report back when Iain gets a reply.
I am concerned about the new (and not formerly announced) timetable changes and their effects on Gatley Station and the other stations between Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.
I note that the number of trains from Gatley into Manchester between 7am and 9am falls from 6 to 4. I understand that all trains will now go via platforms 13/14 in Piccadilly, and that there are fewer train from Gatley to East Didsbury or from Gatley to Heald Green.
As far as I am aware, none of these changes have been properly consulted on with councillors, residents or Gatley rail users, none have been officially announced.
Please can someone let me know the answers to the following questions:
1. What consultation was done with rail users, residents and elected representatives in Gatley prior to the changes?
2. What is the rationale behind the changes?
3. Given that rail user numbers at Gatley have increased hugely in the last decade, why have the number of peak services to Manchester been cut?
4. When is the next review of the timetable and what will Northern Rail commit to doing to ensure Gatley rail users have their say before any decisions are made?
Cllr Iain Roberts