Re­vamp for rail sta­tions thanks to A6 de­mand

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

TRAIN sta­tions will be given an over­haul and more jour­neys added to timeta­bles to cope with de­mand when the air­port re­lief road opens.

Train rep­re­sen­ta­tives, com­mu­nity lead­ers and MP David Rut­ley got to­gether for a meet­ing to dis­cuss changes to train ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties at sta­tions around Mac­cles­field, in­clud­ing Dis­ley, Poyn­ton, Adling­ton and Mid­dle­wood.

Con­cerns have been raised about the need to im­prove rail ser­vices for res­i­dents ahead of the com­ple­tion of the A6 to Manch­ester Air­port Re­lief Road. The 10km dual car­riage­way, which is un­der con­struc­tion, will link the A6 at Hazel Grove to the M56 at Manch­ester Air­port and has been in the pipe­line for decades.

But it’s pre­dicted to lead to a 30 per cent in­crease in traf­fic on the A6 in Dis­ley.

More trains will be added to timeta­bles and there will be im­prove­ments to the sta­tions to meet de­mand from the ex­tra rail pas­sen­gers which are ex­pected.

Poyn­ton will see an in­crease to two trains per hour dur­ing the day on Mon­days to Satur­days from May 2018, with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new hourly Mac­cles­field to Black­pool ser­vice.

Poyn­ton and Adling­ton will have im­proved Sun­day ser­vices from May 2018, with an hourly ser­vice re­plac­ing the cur­rent five trains a day.

At Dis­ley, im­prove­ments will in­clude new ticket ma­chines, new CCTV and up­graded light­ing and shel­ters. Re­fur­bished car­riages with WiFi will be in­tro­duced.

Mr Rut­ley said: “I am most grate­ful to North­ern se­nior ex­ec­u­tives for tak- ing the time to meet me and lo­cal coun­cil­lors to re­view train ser­vices at lo­cal sta­tions.

“With the pre­dicted in­creases in traf­fic con­ges­tion, par­tic­u­larly in Dis­ley, and the grow­ing de­mand for train ser­vices, it is more im­por­tant than ever that lo­cal train pas­sen­gers see im­prove­ments to the fre­quency of train ser­vices and the qual­ity of train car­riages.

“I am also pleased that North­ern is re­view­ing car park­ing ar­range­ments at lo­cal train sta­tions, as they are im­por­tant for com­muters and res­i­dents.”

The group vis­ited Poyn­ton Civic Cen­tre to re­view what ac­tion could be taken to tackle car park­ing is­sues around Poyn­ton and Adling­ton sta­tions. There will also be a park­ing assess­ment at Dis­ley.

Train bosses have been asked to con­sider more reg­u­lar stops at Mid­dle­wood sta­tion serve lo­cal com­muters.

From left: Coun Jackie Pat­ti­son, MP David Rut­ley, Liam Sumpter, Coun Harold Daven­port, Coun Alan Kennedy and Coun Liz Chavasse-Had­field at Dis­ley sta­tion

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