Greenfield Station waiting room to re-open after anti-social behaviour problems

A platform waiting room at Greenfield Station which was closed due to anti-social behaviour is expected to soon re-open.

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CLOSED: The waiting room at Greenfield Station

Teenagers regularly gathered in the shelter on the Huddersfield-bound platform, some reportedly taking drugs.

But after intervention by Police Community Service Officers and British Transport Police, the problems have reduced significantly.

Chairing the March meeting of the Transport and Traffic Sub Committee, Royce Franklin, also secretary of the Greenfield Rail Action Group, confirmed: “The situation now seems to be under control.

“But there was anti-social behaviour, drugs, you name it with the youngsters on a nightly basis.

“Station staff asked for advice and they were told to close it (the shelter) for a short while. Hopefully, we are going to cure the situation.”

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SIGN: Information about the closure

Mr Franklin also warned commuters using the Shaw Hall Bank Road station of potential travel disruption later this month.

Manchester Victoria and Salford Central stations will be shut from March 24 until April 3 as part of construction work on the £85 million Ordsall Chord link between Victoria, Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly stations.

Passengers travelling to Piccadilly will change at Stalybridge as usual. Those going to Victoria can use replacement bus services at Stalybridge and Ashton-under-Lyne provided by Northern Rail.

There is provision to take the tram from Ashton to Victoria but journey times on Metrolink are scheduled for 42 minutes.

Rob Warnes, planning and programmes director at Northern Rail, said: “We would encourage our customers to check before they travel and ask at their local station for more information.”

Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “I recognise this work will cause disruption for passengers.

“But I would urge people to view this short-term pain against the long-term gain it will help achieve for Manchester and people and businesses across the North of England.”

 

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