Meeting with Andy Burnham, 10th April 2019

Useful meeting with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham on 10/04/2019.

He’s not in charge of the railways. No one is in charge of the railways. There are just people and organisations that have influence or control of certain aspects of the railways, and he’s one of those with influence.

He is Greater Manchester’s  representative on the Transport for the North Committee, and as such he has quite a lot of influence over decisions which TfN makes.

[As an aside, we have also requested a meeting with Cllr Judith Blake, who is West Yorkshire’s representative on the Transport for the North Committee.]

Subjects discussed included

  • the December 2019 timetable – the need to restore the same peak frequency as existed before May 2018, the importance of reliable connections at Stalybridge for commuters bound for Victoria and Salford
  • Transpennine Route Upgrade – what outcomes, in return for the disruption whilst work is taking place, will it deliver for Mossley, Greenfield, Marsden and Slaithwaite? Will it deliver full disabled access at all four stations, plus two trains an hour throughout the day? When might it happen?
  • Further compensation for passengers and communities impacted by the May 2018 timetable debacle (ref Yorkshire Post article of 9/3/19)
  • Cross-boundary fares
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