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Plan your journey – it’s the Tour de France

Tour de France 2006, Stage 11 (Photo by Kallenovsky)

Make sure you plan your journey this weekend as the Tour de France rolls into town

The world’s biggest annual sporting event – the Tour de France – will be passing through Greater Manchester this weekend and the public are advised to plan their journey […]

Greenfield train station car park will remain open

Debbie Abrahams (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams, has spoken of her ‘relief’ following a speedy resolution to commuters’ concerns about the potential loss of parking near to Greenfield train station.

Many rail passengers park for free in the nearby grounds of Saddleworth Rangers Rugby Club on Shaw Hall Bank […]

Rail group claim their first success

The Greenfield Rail Action Group was formed in 2010. It joined with existing groups in Mossley and Marsden who were already looking at issues affecting journeys along the Huddersfield to Manchester line. Together they formed the Stalybridge to Huddersfield Rail Users’ Group (SHRUG).

The prime aim of the large […]

The Scarborough Flyer entering Standedge Tunnel, Diggle: September 2013

Photo: Stuart Coleman©2013

Diggle station is unlikely to be re-opened

Diggle Station before it closed in 1968

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) say it is unlikely Diggle Station will be re-opened in the near future

Earlier this year, borough councilor, Garth Harkness organized a petition in support of re-opening the railway station in Diggle. This petition was submitted to TfGM in June 2012.

The […]

Stalybridge station to close for nine days

Stalybridge station is set to close for nine days at the end of October as its £20m upgrade nears completion.

The modernisation of Stalybridge station, tracks and signals is on-time and is due to be finished by early November.

When the project is completed, the station will have two extra platforms and a brand new […]

A better railway for the economy of the north of England

Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012

Authorities in Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire have formally proposed to the Government that decisions about rail services in the north of England should be devolved to the north of England. A combined franchise to succeed the current Northern and TransPennine franchises should be specified and managed from the north […]

Letter to the editor

The Greenfield Rail Action Group welcomes the arrival of Metrolink trams to Oldham Mumps but its value to Saddleworth residents is greatly limited by the lack of cross-ticketing between trams, buses and trains.

Mark Ashmore, chair of the group said “We are constantly being urged to use public transport and with the eventual completion of […]

Petition launched to re-open Diggle Railway Station

Garth Harkness

Liberal Democrat Parish Councillor Garth Harkness is launching a petition in Diggle and Dobcross to support the re-opening of Diggle Railway Station. It is expected to be presented to theTransport for Greater Manchester Committee on 13th April.

Councillor Harkness says, “Network Rail’s proposed Northern Hub rail investment plan 2014-19 […]