MP supports Chinley commuters who may lose vital train service

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High Peak MP Ruth George has met with Chinley residents to discuss local transport issues.

The meeting follows the announcement that from May 20, the 8.33am TransPennine Express rail service from Sheffield and the 5.40pm arrival from Manchester Airport will no longer call at Chinley.

Mrs George said: “Like many residents, I am very concerned about the proposals to cancel the commuter services without consultation with the users of those services. Eleven people from the meeting said they would no longer be able to commute to work if these cancellations went ahead.

“I am meeting TransPennine executives to ask them why these decisions have been made without consulting with rail users.”

A spokesperson for TransPennine Express previously told the Advertiser that a full consultation had taken place with Rail North partners including Derbyshire County Council, and that TransPennine was not required to call at Chinley station under its service specification decided by the government.

Nearly 50 people attended the meeting with Mrs George, which also focused on the lack of safe walking routes at the station. The MP said: “The overwhelming feeling of residents was that a joined-up response was needed to tackle all the parking and road safety issues.

“I was pleased that nine residents said they were interested in setting up a community speed watch programme in the village and I have forwarded their details to Derbyshire’s Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team.”

The lack of disabled access at Chinley Station was also highlighted, and Mrs George praised the Chinley and Buxworth Transport Group for its excellent work raising awareness of the issue.

The group has submitted a petition to Parliament calling on the Department for Transport to tackle the issues and make both platforms accessible to all.

Mrs George added: “I am pleased no concerns were raised about the proposals for more double yellow lines to help ensure access to some streets which get blocked by parked cars, and I hope all road users will respect them.

“I’d like to thank everyone who attended – it was encouraging to hear all the positive ideas and to be able to work with residents on improvements.”