Campaign Issues

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!

There are several consequences:
·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.
·Passengers who transfer onto another train at Huddersfield are sometimes not permitted to use their concessionary cards, despite assurances to the contrary from Trans Pennine Express
2. Giving us decent information when trains are cancelled
It’s bad enough when a train is cancelled, even worse when there is no information or it is actually incorrect.
3. Safety at Slaithwaite and Marsden stations
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.
4. Vandalism at Slaithwaite station
This seems to have been improved, partly due to the efforts of Friends of Slaithwaite station 
5. Improvement to the train service,
in the shape of
  • 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.

Other Issues:

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.

3 Responses to Campaign Issues

  1. tony bowers says:

    as far as I know the triangle of land, where the daffodils blossom freely amongst the junk every year belongs to what used to be British Rail and now presumably Network Rail. But I would bow to superior knowledge.

    I know that British Rail owned the Steps, and have assumed that Network Rail are the successors in title, and on this basis have assumed that the rest of the land belongs to the railway company.

  2. gary says:

    The Real ale trail started of with a few chaps with beards and notepads jotting down their ale’s its now become Ibiza uncovered every weekend, broken glass litter the stations on Sunday mornings, saw some lads attempting to push wall down at Slawit, someone I know was flashed at by a group of cheering ale trailers last week.The only people who benefit are the landlords of the pubs, they could at least send someone up to the station to collect glasses/broken bottles. This is repeated in Marsden, Stalybridge,Trains cancelled /delayed because of it last night when we were trying to get into Manchester apparently mini riot on Staybridge station. Surely the landlords have a responsibility

  3. admin says:

    Thanks for this, October the 8th is was a watershed.

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