Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has hit back at claims that Reddish South and Denton stations may close following the release of a consultation paper by the Department for Transport setting out the franchise specifications for TransPennine Express and Northern Rail in 2016.
The MP urgently sought clarification from senior executives at Northern Rail that the line and stations would not be closed following reports in the media. Representatives of the franchise provided assurances that there were no plans to shut the stations.
The point was also raised by Mr Gwynne on the floor of the House of Commons, where Leader of the House Andrew Lansley refused to comment.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It seems absolutely barmy that just a week after the Chancellor was talking about creating a regional powerhouse across the north of England through better connectivity, some bright spark could be suggesting making our connectivity even worse, despite it being strikingly obvious that there are perfectly good tracks and stations that could link both South Reddish and Denton to the outside world.
“I am glad Northern Rail has been able to assure me that they have no plans to close the stations and that the report was not entirely accurate. I now look forward to continuing my campaign, with the Friends Groups and Tameside and Stockport Councils, for a proper service to be introduced as part of the Northern Hub opportunities and Northern re-franchise plans.”
The consultation can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-northern-and-transpennine-express-rail-franchises – have your say on the future of our regional rail network now.