Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne is relieved today to have received confirmation from FirstGroup plc that rail services between Manchester and London will continue to stop at Stockport station under the new rail franchise agreement.

Andrew urgently contacted FirstGroup plc – who have controversially been awarded the rail franchise to run the West Coast Mainline rail service from December – after being contacted by local residents, who were anxious that FirstGroup were planning the removal of Stockport as a stopping point for London and Manchester bound trains, as rumours circulated the town.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I am delighted that FirstGroup plc has confirmed that Intercity services between Manchester and London will continue to stop at Stockport.

It is extremely important that Stockport retains a direct link with the Capital on the West Coast Mainline for Intercity services, irrespective of whether it is First or Virgin who eventually runs the service.

It was a blow for the town when some Intercity services bypassed Stockport station following the last network review.  It would be unforgivable to lose the service to the Capital.”

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