Why Denton Station Needs a Better Service- NOW!
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 Stalybridge, passes through Guide Bridge, Denton and Reddish South before terminating at Stockport. Since summer 2018 there the train returns to Stalybridge via the same route. The timetable can be found here.
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 passenger train which runs through the Station. 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 3000 names calling for a service and strong support from local businesses, councillors and MP Andrew Gwynne