Seasonal good wishes to all our readers and
Northern Rail staff. - 22 December
Davenport Station re-launch
Thursday 23 November, 7:30pm onwards, Davenport Methodist
Church, Garners Lane:
ther will be a re-launch meeting for
the 'Friends of Davenport Station' group. Everyone is welcome. See our Friends Page
for more about the Friends group.
Ann Coffey MP
opens the Gate, 13 October
A small ceremony took place on 13 October to mark the completion of the
additional entrace to Davenport station, which will allow more direct
access to the platforms in the afternoons and evenings, and all day
Sunday, when the booking office is closed. Ann Coffey MP, who has been
a great help in finally realising this simple enhancement.
No traditional ribbon or scissors had been provided ... Ms Coffey
prepares to make the first swing of the new gate. All these pictures
are by Joanna Hulme.
Here it is, from the inside. Unfortunately there is a step to be
negotiated, but as
there are steps to the platforms anyway, so accessiblity for
wheelchairs, etc. is no worse than it already was, i.e. awful.
Well and truly open! It is over a year since this site reported on the
first attempt to knock a hole in the wall, and many years since station
users first suggested the idea in the late 1980s after the staffing
level of the station was cut back to mornings only. Thanks are due to
Ann Coffey, the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority, and
everyone else who has made this possible. It is hoped that CCTV will
also be provided for the station in the near future.
Under the spreading horse-chestnut tree: the view from the other side
of the road showing the location of the gate. It will be especially
useful for passengers living on the east side of Bramhall Lane, and
those making bus connections in the Bramhall direction.
For the rest of us, can we next have the pedestrian phases of the
traffic lights put back to the way they were, please? - 13 October
Our friends at the Mid-Cheshire Rail Users' Association
have chartered a train frm Northern Rail for a day trip to the famous
Settle - Carlisle line on Sunday 29 October. This train will pick up
passengers at Stockport (approx. 10:09, returning approx. 19:30) and
will call at Settle, Ribblehead (where a conducted walk to the famous
viaduct will be available), Dent, Garsdale, Appleby and Carlisle.
The train used will be two of the Class 156 units - the ones with
tables and large windows - and fares are very reasonable: Adults
£26, Senior Citizens (aged 60 and over) £24, Children (aged
5 to 15) £20.
For full information and booking details, please visit the MCRUA website
- 6 October
Engineers to close Hazel Grove to Buxton for 9 days, 21-29 October
It's a sign of the times that in order to re-lay the track on
"a stretch of line
in the Middlewood area, about one kilometre long, on both the
Manchester and Buxton bound tracks" it is thought necessary to close
the entire line between Hazel Grove and Buxton for nine complete days,
starting on Saturday 21 October and finishing on 29 October. There's a timetable
showing the replacement buses and some explanation
on the Northern Rail website (in PDF format). The timetable does not
show the normal electric trains between Hazel Grove and Manchester,
these will be running at their usual times - and no doubt more crowded
in the peak hour as many people will probably drive to Hazel Grove
rather than catch the replacement bus. Don't ask us what 'heavy freight
trains' have been running through Middlewood! - 18 October
Engineering weekend looms
Friday 29 September: Some trains to and from Buxton will be
running non-stop between Furness Vale and Buxton, as only one track
will be in use on this section, and running non-stop is felt essential
to maintain the timetable. Buses will be provided between New Mills
Newtown and Buxton stopping at the stations where the train normally
calls. (Most unusually, this will mean that trains with passengers
aboard will traverse the crossover line at Furness Vale.)
Saturday 30 September: Trains will start and terminate at New Mils
Newtown and a replacement bus service will run between
Buxton and New Mills calling at stations where the train normally calls.
Sunday 1 October: The replacement bus service will run between Buxton
and Stockport calling at intermediate stations. Trains will start and
terminate at Stockport: the beses will call at the stops by and
opposite Cale Green Park in Davenport as usual.
We understand that among other work going on, there will be
commissioning of new signalling at Buxton,
A PDF timetable is available
on the Northern Rail website
. - 26 September
: there will be some
changes to to times of trains from 10 September, generally involving
departures from Buxton a few minutes earlier and arrivals there a few
minutes later. This is to allow for possible problems with leaves on
the line during the Autumn. - 7 September
that, although Saturday services have returned to normal, Sunday
traiins are still diverted to Manchester Victoria on Sundays 3 and 10
September. Full details
are in Northern Rail's leaflet available
or from the station.
After a period pretending to enquirers tha
the extended engineering closure of the Cheadle Hulme - Crewe route
would end with the new timetable, Network Rail now admit that this will
not be possible and the existing bus replacements, and extra trains on
the Macclesfield line, will continue at least until 25 June. We have
now received a revised schedule as follows:
- Cheadle Hulme to Crewe reopens for crew training on Monday
- Public passenger services begin on Monday 26 June. There
will be an hourly Manchester-Crewe all stations local service
leaving Piccadilly at 02 past the hour. The Manchester - Cardiff
service will revert to its normal route via Stockport and Wilmslow,
leaving Piccadilly at 34 minutes past the hour. (Whether any of
the above applies on Sundays we are not certain: probably not.)
- The Piccadilly-Manchester Airport-Wilmslow shuttle
will continue to operate and will be extended to also operate at
weekends. The junction at Wilmslow and the points at Alderley Edge and
Sandbach will not be in operation, so trains from the Styal line will
not be able to proceed beyond Wilmslow.
- There is to be another lengthy engineering 'blockade'
after Christmas to fully commission the new signalling.
It is perhaps worth noting in this context that Network Rail, the
company responsible for this disgraceful situation, has in May 2006
awarded a £352,728 bonus to its chief executive, John Armitt,
whose basic salary is more than £500,000. The deputy chief
executive, Iain Coucher, will receive a bonus of £314,490.