Proposed Timetable Changes - Buxton Line
Woodsmoor Station Friends have been actively monitoring the proposed changes to the Buxton line timetable since draft proposals were made available in May 2017.
As outlined, the changes would be a significant detriment for the commuters who rely on Woodsmoor Station to get to work, school, and Stepping Hill Hospital.
Despite extensive lobbying, surveys and provision of supporting commentary it appears the changes as originally proposed will be implemented from May 2018. The draft timetable is attached below.
In response, Woodsmoor Station Friends arranged a meeting to discuss the changes and develop a comprehensive response on behalf of the local community. The minutes of the meeting are appended below.
Meeting of Woodsmoor Station Friends Group (WSF)
10th April 2018, 19:30 at The Dog and Partridge, Buxton Road
Chair – Andy Stobbie
Minutes – Sharon Summers
Attendees – 21 people, including Councillor John Wright
1. Purpose of Meeting
To discuss proposed new timetable from Northern Rail, due to commence 20th May 2018, affecting, in particular, users of Woodsmoor and Davenport stations.
Andy gave an overview of the background to the proposed changes, which were originally aired in May 2017. At the start of the consultation period, a meeting of WSF took place in June 2017 where there was a groundswell of feeling that the proposed changes would lead to a diminution of services to the Woodsmoor and Davenport stations.
Following the original meeting, several actions were taken to attempt to address the service changes with Northern Rail, including a petition and direct emails to TfGM representatives for a co-ordinated response. (The submitted response can be found here: http://www.davenportstation.org.uk/Woodsmoor-Station-Friends-Timetable-Response.pdf) Elected officials were also mailed by concerned individuals.
Northern Rail suggested there would be updates on the proposal in November 2017. This has never materialised. The new timetable was then due to be published on 7th April 2018, which has also not occurred.
3. Current Status
The official timetable had not been released at the time of the meeting, however a number of online sites were displaying similar data in relation to searched for travel dates at the end of May so a ‘best guess’ schedule was compiled and distributed at the meeting.
Essentially, it is believed that 3 trains per hour will stop at Woodsmoor and Davenport but, crucially, there will be a period of 40-45 minutes in the hour between services. The impact of this service congestion will particularly adversely affect morning commuters with no service stopping (at Woodsmoor) between 07:38 and 08:23.
Further, all trains will terminate at Piccadilly, with the possible exception of one train which will stop at Oxford Road, Deansgate and Victoria. Anyone wanting to travel to Oxford Road, Salford, Bolton and onwards will therefore have to catch connecting services at Stockport or Piccadilly.
There was also a discussion about whether Northern are contravening their operating conditions regarding the number of services offered during the peak period, but it is unclear whether this is case.
4. Possible Actions
A number of actions were proposed that individuals may wish to pursue, including:
5. Attendance at Area Committee (Stepping Hill Ward)
The final course of action proposed is for interested parties to attend the next Area Committee and raise appropriate questions. Several questioners and varying related question topics will add weight to the overall sense of protest.
It is therefore suggested that a co-ordinated group of people attend and ask questions on the following topics:
Area Committee meeting details.
Response From Davenport Friends
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