SMART Public Meeting in Marsden, Wednesday 9th May

Local train services are changing from May 2018.  This will have a particular effect on services to and from Slaithwaite and Marsden.  A public meeting has been arranged by Slaithwaite and Marsden Action on Rail Transport to highlight and discuss these changes and their potential impact on Wednesday 9th May. The event is taking place at Marsden Parochial Hall, Clough Lea, Marsden HD7 4DN (to the side of the parish church) at 7.30 pm.  This is a follow up event from the very well attended public meeting held in Slaithwaite in November 2017.

This is an opportunity to hear about and discuss the proposed changes and to express your views on their likely impact.  The changes include:

  • A reduction in morning and evening peak time services towards Manchester impacting on daily commutes
  • Services terminating at Piccadilly rather than Victoria making journeys to Spinningfields and Salford Quays longer
  • Regular through trains to Leeds
  • Busier services coming from and going to longer distances potentially resulting in overcrowding
  • Later last services from Manchester, and from Leeds on Fridays & Saturdays
  • Decreased accessibility at Marsden due to increased usage of Platform 2

Representatives from First Trans Pennine Express will be in attendance along with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Network Rail so this is a great opportunity to put your views across. As it’s a strike day, Northern Rail are unable to send a representative.

If unable to attend, there’s another public meeting the following week on the west side, arranged jointly by Friends of Mossley Station and Greenfield Rail Action Group, to be held at 7.30 on Wednesday 16th May, at George Lawton Hall, Stamford Street, Mossley OL5 0HR.

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