Anger as commuter rail services will not stop at Chinley

Chinely Station
Chinely Station

A High Peak rail users group has branded cuts to two commuter services as ‘absurd’.

From May 20, the 8.33am TransPennine Express service from Sheffield and the 5.40pm arrival from Manchester Airport will no longer be calling at Chinley.

Paul Tattam, from the Chinley and Buxworth Transport Group, said: “Many commuters in the High Peak rely on these trains to get them to and from Manchester at a time which is both convenient for work and for dropping off children at nursery or at school.

“Earlier or later services are completely impossible to use for many commuters.

“At a time when local authorities in Manchester and Stockport, and the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, are trying to get more people to use public transport so that road congestion and excessive pollution in parts of the A6 corridor can be alleviated, the very idea of cuts to commuter rail services is absurd.

“Given that for many travellers these services are extremely important, not a single person has seen any reference anywhere to any public consultation on this issue whatsoever.”

A spokesperson for TransPennine Express said: “From May 20, there will be changes to our current timetable as we introduce a range of enhancements across our entire network.

“Currently our trains call at Chinley twice a day, however from May our trains will no longer stop at this station.

“The railway in this part of the world is very congested, with lots of other passenger and freight trains in operation. Going forward, in order to fit into the time slot available, our trains will run non-stop between Sheffield and Manchester while other train operators will continue to serve Chinley.”

The spokesperson said Northern was the main provider of local stopping rail services from Chinley, while TransPennine provided intercity rail connections and was not required to call at the station under its service specification decided by the government.

They added that a full consultation had taken place with Rail North partners including Derbyshire County Council.

Last week, High Peak MP Ruth George attended a Chinley Transport and Parking Listening Meeting in the Community Centre.