Passengers win rush hour fight

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Campaigning Chinley commuters have succeeded in retaining a threatened rush-hour service from Manchester.

Proposals for the Hope Valley line had looked set to include stopping two popular services from Manchester calling at Chinley.

Now agreement has been reached to address the concerns raised by commuters and retain one of the services.

Lee Wasnidge, Area Director, Northern Rail said: “We’re really pleased to be able to introduce these additional services. The improvements to the timetable are the result of a working partnership between the rail industry and local stakeholders.”

Cllr Jean Wharmby, Chair of High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership said: “I am delighted that the improvement to the evening peak Hope Valley service has been approved for introduction in December 2011.

“While this will mean amendments to the peak service out of Manchester, it provides the vital new 18.14 train for homeward commuters from Sheffield to fill a long -standing gap in the peak hour timetable.

“I wish to thank Northern Rail, Network Rail, other passenger and freight operators, Derbyshire County Council, TfGM and Partnership officers for working together to unscramble the many difficulties in providing this vital service to benefit the public.”

From December the departures from Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly will be: 17,14, 18.14 (this train will not call at Bamford) and 19.14

Departures from Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield: 16.45, 17.23 (final stop Chinley), 17.48 and 18.45.