To: Alan Chaplin Acting MD Arriva Rail North (Northern)

Better train services for Davenport and Woodsmoor

Better train services for Davenport and Woodsmoor

Arriva Rail North (Northern) needs to fulfill its obligations of winning the Northern franchise: "to actively seek to greatly improve performance and deliver the best railway passenger service that can be obtained".

Your first draft of the new timetable includes cuts to services for Davenport and Woodsmoor. This is completely unacceptable. There is clear need for services to be improved and increased, not maintained and definitely not cut.

Why is this important?

Over the past 7 years there has been huge growth in use of both Davenport (41% up) and Woodsmoor (56% up).

Many people rely on the trains for travel to work (commuting to Manchester and beyond, commuting to Stepping Hill hospital), visiting patients at Stepping Hill, travelling to education (Aquinas college, Stockport school, Great Moor School, Stockport Grammar) and for leisure trips.

Northern should be held to account and fulfill their need to ‘transform’ rail services, a word they have been so keen to use in their PR but so reluctant to deliver in their actions

Stockport

Reasons for signing

  • Reducing the number of peak trains from Woodsmoor & Davenport stations is outrageous. I have lived in the area for over 10 years and use the train on a daily basis to get to work in Manchester. Cutting the 7.53 and 8.04 services would mean I either get in to work very early or very late. I thought Northern Rail were supposed to be increasing their rolling stock and improving their trains rather than reducing a service on a very popular and very well used line.
  • "to actively seek to greatly improve performance and deliver the best railway passenger service that can be obtained". Because this statement from Arriva Northern Rail is a blatant lie, given their THIRD fare increase in 9 months, many cheap day off peak returns having increased by 50%, and their even more heinous twice-daily peak-hour fare hikes.
  • Popular service already overcrowded - solution? Let cut the service. Unbelievable, and I thought the aim of Manchester was to cut emissions. All this will do is put more cars on the congested A6

Updates

2017-06-26 18:59:45 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-06-19 21:25:17 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-06-19 19:49:30 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-06-19 19:20:20 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-06-19 18:46:16 +0100

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