PASSENGERS on a new Manchester-bound service from Stalybridge Railway Station were waved off by MP Jonathan Reynolds, on Monday.
The new service – operated by Northern Rail – will link Stalybridge rail users to stations in Salford, Wigan, Kirkby and Southport.
It has been made possible because of the addition of a new platform at Stalybridge Railway Station. And it has been warmly welcomed by the Stalybridge and Hyde MP, who accepted an invitation to wave it off from Platform Five.
"Good transport links – by road and by rail - can make an area a more attractive place to live and to do business," said Mr Reynolds.
"They can make an area a magnet for investment and can drive economic growth.
"The new service from Stalybridge is to be welcomed. It will extend and improve the travel options available for those who live in and around Stalybridge – not only making it easier to travel to Manchester, but also onwards to areas such as Salford, Wigan, Kirkby and Southport.
"However I do hope that operators will continue to review and to develop both passenger capacity and the number of their services to and from the station in the coming months.
"I have recently suggested that the line between Stalybridge and Stockport is brought back into regular use – and I believe better interconnectivity between the boroughs that surround Greater Manchester would be beneficial."
The additional hourly service – running on weekdays between 10am and 4pm – will run through Manchester Victoria and link Stalybridge with Salford Central and Salford Crescent, as well as stations to Wigan and Kirkby or Southport.
Jonathan Reynolds is pictured on the platform with the chair of Transport for Greater Manchester Cllr Andrew Fender and area director for Northern Rail Lee Wasnidge.
Published 13 December, 2012