by Iain Roberts on 15 May, 2018
Following shock news that Northern (Arriva) are imposing a 50% cut in peak train services from Gatley to Manchester, the Lib Dem team wrote to Northern asking for an explanation.
Over a week later, we have not received a reply. We have now written to Mayor Andy Burnham, the Head of TfGM and Stockport Council asking for their help getting us the answers we need.
Peak services from Northern are being halved, with just one an hour. TransPennine will also run services through Gatley, meaning an overall cut from 6 trains to 4 at the peak morning period of 7am to 9am.
Here is our email to Andy Burnham:
My residents in Gatley have been shocked by the new Northern timetable which has cut morning peak services from Gatley to Manchester by 50%.
Currently there are six trains between 7am and 9am going into Manchester Piccadilly. From next week that reduces to four. This is after a period of several years where passenger numbers at Gatley have greatly increased.
I wrote to Northern over a week ago asking for an explanation of the rationale behind this cut to our service. As yet I’ve had no reply.
I note that TfGM appears to have not been consulted about the changes, but simply informed of the high-points after the decision had been made (and a month later than originally promised).
These are the questions I have put to Northern – any help you can give to get me a response would be gratefully received.
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?
Update: Since we posted this story we’ve had responses from Northern, TfGM and Stockport Council. They’ve all said different things and we’re working to figure out the facts. We should have more to report next week. On top of that, you’ve probably seen that Northern/Arriva are under pressure following leaked emails. The emails suggest they are cancelling services the day before but not telling the public until just beforehand, then claiming it was a last-minute thing.9 Comments