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Postal Address of the station:

Davenport Station
Bramhall Lane

Ticket office opening hours: Monday - Friday 06:20 - 12:50
Saturday 07:00 - 13:30
Sunday closed.

When the office is closed, tickets are sold on the train.

About Davenport

Davenport is a mostly-residential, tree-lined, suburb of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. Its focal point is its railway station, which is on the Manchester - Stockport - Buxton line, and  it does have a range of facilities within a short distance which make it a particularly good place to live for anyone who does not wish to drive a car.

Minutes from the station there are some good quality shops, including convenience stores, a pharmacy, a baker, and a butcher as well as a post office/newsagent. Davenport is well-served by buses to Stockport town centre,  and the trains will get you to Manchester Piccadilly station in 20 minutes.

The trains heading away from Stockport offer an instant transfer to the countryside, with pleasant walks along the Middlewood Way and Peak Forest Canal 15 minutes away and the Peak National Park within half an hour.

Stockport's main hospital, Stepping Hill, is a couple of kilometres away, and even the town's cemetery and crematorium are within walking distance. We have a 'green-flag' park, Cale Green Park, incorporating a kids' playground and with Cricket and Lacrosse clubs adjacent. A Methodist church is nearby, and the large late-Victorian Anglican church, St George's, is a short walk towards Stockport.

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Monday - Thursday late night bus replacements again 18-21 February. Timetable

Sunday 10 February: Reduced service with only Buxton trains running

Strikes suspended

On 7 February the RMT union announced that they have suspended their strike action, after successful talks with the management and ACAS and an agreement to have a conductor on every train. Full details of the conductor's role are to be the subject of further discussions, to let's hope a satisfactory solution is arrived at. Some other companies now have the driver opening the doors and the conductor closing them - one possible solution, which also avoids the conductor being left behind on the platform, but we have no detail about what exactly is proposed.

It's noticeable that the RMT have used the term 'Guard' in all their pronouncements, although the official title has been 'conductor' for some years.
8 February 2019

Oakfield Road update

We have received the following message from Davenport and Cale Green councillor Dickie Davies:

Dear Residents,

Ward councillors have held meetings with council officers about traffic and related issues on Oakfield Road.

Firstly, concerning traffic calming matters, a set of plans have now been produced. These will be circulated to all residents on Oakfield, Elmfield and Beechfield roads in the very near future. Further you will be invited to a drop-in consultation event which will take place on 28th February.

Secondly, enforcement officers have promised to step up visits to Creative Apparel. This will include monitoring of loading/unloading and issuing of, where appropriate, tickets. The temporary planning consent for the containers is due to expire in June. So far no application has been made to extend the temporary application or to move the operation to another location. The situation will continue to be monitored.

We appreciate that residents have produced significant evidence of unacceptable loading activities at the site. However, enforcement officers have asked for details of peak times when loading and unloading talks place on the pavement. This is to target their visits to the unit.

Yours, Dickie Davies (cllr.dickie.davies@stockport.gov.uk)

7 January 2019

Jolly Sailor reopening confirmed

Some good news is that Almond Family Pubs have confirmed officially that they have taken on the 'Jolly Sailor' and will be refurbishing it, with an enlarged dining area at the rear and various other improvements, for re-opening in 'Spring 2019.' Here is a link to their announcement  and here's a link to their planning proposal which has been granted by the Council. Almond are known for their carvery style of operation, but they assure us that there will also be a choice of other meals, and also an area reserved for drinkers.

The building was built in 1895 for the Daniel Clifton brewery to replace a smaller pub, built in the traditional style in the 1790s; the image above dates to around 1902.

26 January 2019

                                Sunset over Edgeley reservoirs, January 2019

Another Year - Another Strike

As the Saturday strikes drag on into 2018, we do wonder whether when anyone is going to resolve this dispute. Northern now say they have again asked the RMT union for take part in an independent inquiry, while the RMT statements become increasingly aggressive:

RMT members across Northern Rail are standing rock solid and united again on this 45th ‎day of strike action as the company ploughs on regardless with its plans to throw guards off their trains and resorts to a barrage of complete misinformation aimed at the travelling public over their clear intention to introduce widespread driver only operation.

Some members, we suspect, welcome the relief from the anti-social behaviour sometimes seen on Saturday trains. The managers who are required to 'voluntarily' act as guards, on the other hand, must be running out of patience. Northern, for their part, repeat that the Department for Transport have agreed that every train will have a 'second person' on board to help and advise passengers, sell and check tickets and so on, while the driver, aided by cameras on the outside of the train, controls the opening and closing of the doors. This promise, which the RMT say is 'lies', is a softening of the original requirements of the Franchise which allowed for trains to run with just the driver if for any reason there is no second person available.

Of course, there are no cameras on the outside of our existing trains, and it's doubtful whether there can be, given the very small space for the necessary screen in the driving cab of some of them. The new trains which are soon to be entering traffic - class 195 diesels and class 331 electrics, do have this feature but can also be worked in the traditional way.   However, although they are promoted as replacing the unloved 'pacer' units, the diesel trains are unlikely to appear on the Buxton line soon, although it is possible that an electrified Hazel Grove - Blackpool service might appear in May 2019. Our feeling is that 'Driver Controlled Operation' on our line can not appear until the Class 150s,  built in the 1980s, are replaced by new trains after 2025.

The difference between the two sides in the dispute, apart from the doors, is - we understand - the amount of training and responsibility required to be a traditional guard, which includes the need to be familiar with the stations and other features of the line being worked. Like drivers, they 'sign a route' and cannot be used flexibly across any route. Guards also have training in 'safety critical' matters related to what to do in an accident, train failure, or similar situation. Passengers may need to be evacuated, and possibly action taken to prevent a collision should a train derail or worse. A broken-down train might need to be rescued by another. 

These are, of course, very rare events, and even more rarely does the driver become incapacitated, but it does happen. We are not offered any information by Northern about the role of the 'second person' in such cases; perhaps at least they will have an emergency phone number to call.

RMT with their frightening website videos make much of the other aspect of safety, the personal safety of the passengers during the journey.  However, in theory, the 'second person' freed from the need to work the doors will be a better position to reassure passengers. But, like the current guards, they are not going to be in any position to disarm a frenzied knife attacker or bomber. Many of our four-car trains don't even have a way for the guard to access the front two coaches while the train is moving.

At the root of all this is, of course, Government money. The franchise runs until 2025; currently the company receives around a quarter of a billion pounds per year to add to fares revenue. The franchise agreement requires that by 2025 this must be reduced to somewhere near 50 million, while running more train services. How is this possible? Partly by paying less money to the new 'second person' grade, and partly by needing fewer people because of the greater flexibility. But we have yet to discover how much money the drivers' union will demand for the extra responsibility transferred to their members.  The company directors say they are guaranteeing that the existing guards will retain their jobs and salary until the end of the franchise in 2025.

And we must bear in mind that local trains mean nothing a very large proportion of taxpayers.

RMT paints the owners of Northern, the German State Railway, as 'profiteers', but published figures suggest that, at best, they can hope to achieve a 2% profit margin. It's not surprising that the Government is finding it increasingly difficult to find operators of regional companies.

[The above is a personal view - any factual corrections are welcome.]
22 January 2019

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