RAIL users are encouraged to attend a vital public meeting in November to find out how they can prevent a “worse train service” coming into place next year.
The meeting on Wednesday, November 8 at 7.30pm at Uppermill Civic Hall has been arranged by the Greenfield Rail Action Group (GRAG) to highlight their concerns over proposed service changes.
Mark Ashmore, chair of GRAG which was founded five years ago, said: “A revised train timetable is proposed for May 2018 which offers a worse, not a better service.
“Trans-Pennine Express and Northern Rail, who will be providing the train service from that date, are listening to our concerns.
“But the government, through the Department for Transport, is placing the emphasis on the longer inter-city journeys and taking little or no account of local rail users, who play a major and complementary role in the economy of the country.”
GRAG has been lobbying rail authorities and politicians for improvements to services at Greenfield, including two trains per hour throughout the day.
The majority of passengers whom they have surveyed have indicated Victoria is their preferred destination yet the changes proposed a skip-stop service and all Manchester trains will go to Piccadilly instead.
The effect of this will also be to remove the direct connections to Mossley, Slaithwaite, Ashton, Victoria and Salford stations.
At their meeting, GRAG will give an explanation about the changes, what they are doing to influence the proposals, and what local residents and rail users can do to help.
Mr Ashmore added: “We feel it is important that travellers, both regular and occasional, know what is being proposed.
“We have an opportunity to influence the decision makers about our local rail service over the next ten years and we need to do it now so come along to hear what is happening and what you can do about it.”