MP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the addition of a new rail service for Manchester-bound commuters, after conducting a survey that highlighted over-crowding of current services.
Mr Reynolds highlighted the concerns about over-crowding to bosses at First TransPennine Express earlier this year, after conducting his own survey of passengers at Stalybridge Railway Station.
This week the train operating company announced that they would introduce a new 07.28 service from Stalybridge to Manchester Piccadilly.
And – in a further attempt to ease overcrowding – the company is putting additional carriages on the 07.50 service from the town to Manchester Oxford Road.
On Friday Mr Reynolds joined First TransPennine Express managing director Nick Donovan at the station to mark the addition of the new service, which will begin on December 14.
“This is great news for the residents of Stalybridge, providing greater travel options in the busiest part of the day,” said Stalybridge and Hyde MP Mr Reynolds.
“I have worked with First TransPennine Express to further improve the timetable and am delighted that they will be providing more seats and more services.”
In addition to the improvements to morning services First TransPennine Express are doubling the number of carriages on the 17.07 service from Manchester Oxford Road to Stalybridge, from three to six.
The increase in services follows a package of improvements in the station facilities over recent years.
Commenting on the improvements, First TransPennine Express managing director Nick Donovan said: ““I am delighted that we have been able to provide a solution for Stalybridge that sees more services and more seats when customers need them most.
“Customer feedback has enabled these improvements which along with the 50,000 extra seats a week across the Pennines, introduced in May 2014, means that Stalybridge now has a wonderful new station and excellent rail connections to the major cities of the north.”