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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

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Local politicians support rail group fighting for better rail services

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The Stalybridge to Huddersfield Rail Group have met with officials from both Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire Transport Authorities in their quest for an improved rail service along the Huddersfield to Manchester line post the electrification in 2018.

The group have cross party support from Councillors; 3 local M.Ps whose areas [...]

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 [...]

CCTV released after cycle theft at Greenfield rail station

British Transport Police officers, investigating the theft of a bike from Greenfield rail station, have released the CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft.

The incident happened at around 2.15pm on Tuesday, 26 June, after the owner of the bike had left it chained at the [...]

A better railway for the economy of the north of England

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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 [...]