Northern Rail Franchise Bidders Announced

FRANCHISE NEWS- The shortlist was released yesterday by the Secretary of State for Transport listing the companies which have qualified to bid for the Northern and Transpennine routes.

We have got hold of the letter and it appears that three companies have passed the pre-qualification questionnaire and are now through to the next round where a formal invitation to Tender will be issued in December.

•         Abellio Northern Ltd (part of the current franchise consortium)

•         Arriva Rail North Ltd

•         Govia Northern Ltd

Link to letter from Patrick McLoughlin

We are particularly concerned about the rumours of station closures and cutbacks for the franchise even before the companies have been able to put forward plans and tender. We are continuing to fight for the Station to have a frequent passenger service and ask you to support us by signing the petition and becoming a member.

Please check back for more franchise news soon!

The Cumbrian Mountain Express

The Cumbrian Mountain Express will be stopping to fill up with water at Denton Station on 30th August between 6:53am and 7:17am as part of a steam tour from Crewe to Carlisle operated by The Railway Touring Co.

There will be a group on Denton Station taking photos of the train and watching it pull in and out- please do join us if you are up and about! Please also send us your photos of the train and we will upload them to the site!

You can keep up-to-date with news of all the steam trains passing through Denton on our website by clicking here and we will be updating the page as we know more.

Cumbrian Mountain Express

Date of our Annual General Meeting!

It has come to that time of year again when we hold our AGM. It is an important meeting to take stock of our progress from the 2013/14 as well as discuss priorities for the future. We will also be holding elections for the Committee who will need to be voted in again for 2014/15.

We have a vacancy for the position of Secretary and would welcome anyone interested to email us as soon as possible.

This year’s AGM will be held in the meeting rooms of Sainsbury’s Denton, which we hope is the most convenient location for everyone to attend, at 7pm on Wednesday 10th September. We will meet just inside the first set of doors before walking together to the meeting rooms.

All Friends of Denton Station Members warmly welcome and residents of Denton

Sainsbury’s Denton Today

Thank you to all those who came by to chat and donated at the stand in Sainsbury’s today!

We raised over £255 which will help finance the improvements to the Station platform and ensure we can keep campaigning for a frequent train service through Denton to Manchester Victoria.

Thank you also to Sainsbury’s Denton for the assistance and making it possible!

Have your say on the new franchise

Today in Sainsburys many people we spoke to were keen on having their say about a frequent passenger service through Denton Station. The franchise is currently up for renewal and the consultation period currently live.

Please click on the link below for more information on the franchise renewal and to find out how you can have your say.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-northern-and-transpennine-express-rail-franchises

Thank you!

We’re revamping Denton Station

As you should be aware, we are committed not only to getting a frequent train service through Denton, but also improving the appearance of the Station. This summer we are revamping the end of the platform. We have commissioned a new ‘Denton’ sign and are securing and restoring the old timber fence.

He’s an update of progress at about 1/3 of the way through:

Fencing repairs:
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New Sign:

Denton Station Sign 2

Denton Station Sign 2

Thanks to Dave Ferguson, Anne and Bill Nunnerley and Anita Lunn for all helping on the platform!

The moment we’ve been waiting for- we Need YOUR support in PRESTON!

Join us to finally have our say on trains though Denton Station in:

Preston
Thu 3rd July 2014, 10.30am – 1pm     
Committee Room A, County Hall, Lancashire County Council

With the new franchise for Northern Rail commencing in February 2016, the Department for Transport has finally announced the start of the consultation process which will allow us to make the case for a regular passenger service through Denton Station.

Northern Rail has held the franchise- the licence to operate the passenger trains passing through Denton Station- since 2004. This was originally awarded for 6 years and 9 months, but has been renewed by the Department of Transport several times meaning that there has not been a formal consultation for over a decade as Northern have been allowed to operate trains until 2016.

The process to decide if Northern will continue to run the service after February 2016 is the objective of the franchise tendering process. If Northern continue to operate the line, current routes will change and this is what is up for discussion at the consultation. It may also be the case that Northern are not awarded a contract renewal and another company will take over. Either way, it is time to get our views heard about the line passing through Denton and Reddish South Station at this critical opportunity!

Please contact us to pledge your support and your ability to attend the consultation where friends and members of Denton Station will be finally able to have a say.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

New Denton Station Sign

We are pleased to be in the final planning stage of a new Denton Station sign. The sign will be in the old British Rail style with burgundy and cream colours and will be assembled at the far end of the Station. We now have all quotes for the project and will be financing it out of membership fees. Therefore, we would particularly like to thank those members who have renewed already, especially those opting for the new £10 lifetime membership option.

Please contact us if you are able to volunteer your help in July on the Station for putting up the sign.

Style of new sign which will read ‘Denton’

Manchester Piccadilly Sign

 

Friends of Denton railway Station Committee

Some members of the Friends of Denton railway Station Committee