Why Denton Station Needs a Better Service- NOW!
With the Northern Franchise currently up for renewal for the first time in over a decade, now is the time when we can really make the case that Denton needs a frequent, reliable passenger service.
The graphic above of the rail network shows the current route of the limited service passing through Denton (white and purple line). The service begins at Stockport, passes through Reddish South Station, Denton and Guide Bridge before terminating at Stalybridge, running just once per week and in one direction!
Reopening the Denton line to a frequent passenger service would be of huge benefit to Denton town centre with businesses and shoppers able to quickly and cheaply travel into Manchester. We propose a service be reintroduced from Stockport into Manchester Victoria or to divert a service bound for Manchester Piccadilly to travel via Denton into Manchester Victoria e.g. the Chester train.
The diversion/ new route from Stockport would run via:
Heaton Norris Junction–>Reddish South (stop)–> Denton (stop)–> Denton Junction–> Ashton Moss Junction North –> Manchester Victoria (stop)
The route map, below, shows the proposed route (highlighted in yellow). Currently the short Denton Junction line is only open for freight trains, but we are hoping to change this to route through to Victoria.
A ‘Parliamentary Service’ or ‘Ghost Train’ is the name for the current single passenger train which runs through the Station once per week. It departs from Stockport Station and arrives at Denton at 9:31am (correct as of 01/08/2014) taking just 12 minutes to reach its final destination of Stalybridge. Whist the ‘Ghost Train’ is novel, we believe the line through Denton and Reddish South would be far better served by a credible, frequent passenger service.
Why start a service through Denton Station?
1. Faster, cheaper transport into Manchester city centre for people of Denton versus taking the bus 2. Economic benefits for Denton town centre shops and business 3. Environmental benefits through reducing car pollution and congestion, especially around Hyde Rd./ Manchester Rd. at peak times 4. Denton missed out completely on transport investment in the Manchester tram extensions 5. Help restore pride in Denton 6. Petition with over 1000 names calling for a service and strong support from local businesses, councillors and MP Andrew Gwynne