Some of the issues that SMART continues to campaign on are
1. Selling tickets to people want to travel
Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? However on many trains from Marsden and Slaithwaite to Huddersfield it is physically impossible for the conductor to issue tickets to everyone during the short journey.So some don’t even try!
·When there are revenue collectors at Huddersfield this creates a crush in the foyer, delays travellers, creates ill feeling, and is possibly a health and safety issue.
·When there are no revenue collectors, the train company loses revenue [we have proved this in a survey] and more to the point they lose information about the number of people who use the service.
It’s bad enough when a train is cancelled, even worse when there is no information or it is actually incorrect.
For instance there’s a gap between the platform and train at Slaithwaite. At Marsden platforms 1 and 2 are inaccessible for wheelchair users and people with prams. Lack of station cleaning/gritting teams in winter weather has led to accidents at both stations in recent years.
This seems to have been improved, partly due to the efforts of Friends of Slaithwaite station
- the restoration of the half-hourly peak frequency which was removed in the disastrous May 2018 timetable;
- two trains per hour throughout the day;
- through trains to Leeds;
- improved (or rather restored) connectivity to Manchester Victoria; and
- earlier first and later last trains.
When one campaigns on public transport issues the relationship between one form of mobility and another quickly becomes evident. Supporters of SMART continue to point out the importance of having good bus services in a rural area to get around as well as link up with the railway stations that serve the Colne Valley.
SMART members campaigned on:
– the Taxibus service that linked Wilberlee, Pole Moor and other outlying districts with Slaithwaite station and the village.