This is the SMART website. SMART is Slaithwaite & Marsden Action on Rail Transport. We exist on a very small budget largely supplied by members.  But are active in trying to promote better services for local people trying to use the train services  for work and pleasure. Currently (Summer 2017) we are very active in trying to influence the proposed new timetable to be brought in from May 2018.

SMART facebook page at


There’s now a SMART facebook group at


We work to promote the needs of local people primarily using the train service, but were heavily involved in the taxi-bus campaign in 2008 because the service directly affected people trying  to use the commuter trains . Unfortunately the campaign came to nothing .


Who are SHRUG?

SHRUG are the Stalybridge to Huddersfield Rail Users Group. It is an umbrella group comprising the Friends of Mossley Station, Greenfield and Saddleworth Rail Action Group and Slaithwaite and Marsden Action on Rail Transport.

SHRUG is affiliated to Railfuture, the UK’s leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for passengers and freight. http://www.railfuture.org.uk/

The group has agreed six main priorities which it will press for, namely:

1.      cheaper fares across the district boundary,

2.      half-hourly services,

3.      disabled access on eastbound platforms,

4.      easier connections to Manchester Airport,

5.      improved rolling stock; and

6.      a station at Diggle.