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Rail passenger figures show Gatley treading water

by Iain Roberts on 14 January, 2020

The latest rail user figures have been released by the Office for Road and Rail. While Waterloo Station retains its spot as (by far) the busiest UK station, Birmingham New Street is the only non-London station to make it into the top 10.

We’ve looked at the Stockport stations and Gatley is one of the few to have seen very little change in numbers.

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“Gatley has been badly hit by train cancellations and delays this year, so it’s no surprise that we’ve not seen an increase in passenger numbers. If anything, it’s surprising we haven’t seen a fall, ” said Cllr Iain Roberts.

“Northern Rail have been poor, and their franchise should be removed. But no-one should think that’s going to solve the problems. If we want a frequent and reliable rail service, we need the infrastructure improvements we were promised several years ago including new platforms at Manchester Piccadilly,” Iain added.

Two of the three quietest stations in the country – Reddish South and Denton – are just down the road. These are so-called Parliamentary stations, getting a couple of trains a week just so the line can legally stay open.

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