Future service patterns

SMART’s aspiration is for two trains per hour throughout the day, with additional trains at peak times.

The one good thing in the otherwise dire and unworkable May 2018 timetable was the introduction of through trains from Marsden and Slaithwaite to Leeds. This ended with the December 2018 timetable change. We would like to see these restored as soon as practicable, as part of a reliable and frequent service which facilitates travel towards both Manchester and Huddersfield/Leeds.

Travel to Manchester Victoria has been made much more difficult at the May 2018 timetable change, and needs to be improved either by providing more reliable connections at Stalybridge or by restoration of through services, or by a combination of both. Peak frequencies to/from Manchester, which were cut in the May 2018 timetable, need to be restored as soon as practicable.

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