High Peak MP Ruth George welcomes four-carriage commitment on Buxton line commuter trains

High Peak MP Ruth George has welcomed Northern’s commitment that all commuter services on the Buxton line will run with 4 carriages from the new timetable on 19th May.

Ruth said: “I receive many complaints about the overcrowding on our commuter trains which makes life a misery for too many people who pay high train fares but often can’t get a seat.  It’s even more annoying when trains have just two carriages, so I hope this commitment will help long-suffering commuters.

Ruth raised a wide range of constituents’ issues with Northern Rail’s regional director, Chris Jackson when she met him last week.

“St Thomas More School raised with me the issue that the service arriving into Buxton at 8.47am is too late for the start of school.

“I’ve took this up with Northern and I am pleased that the new timetable has a service arriving into Buxton at 8.23am to help more students take the train to school.

“The other major change in the new timetable is there will now be an 8.34am service out of Buxton, instead of the 8.58am, so the hour-long morning gap between trains has moved from 8am to 8.34am.  Some people are bound to be inconvenienced by any changes, but I hope this will help more people who are travelling to work.

“I also raised the continuing problems at New Mills Newtown.  Chris assured me that the car park would be resurfaced and lighting replaced this summer, with a ‘Harrington hump’ – like at Whaley Bridge – to raise the platform for easier access to trains before the end of 2020.

“The constantly locked waiting shelter and broken customer information screen on the Manchester-bound platform are still a real inconvenience to passengers.  Chris left our meeting to go and look at the problems and will let me know when they can be sorted.

“I’d like to see as many people as possible able to travel by train.  When the services run well it’s a far more relaxing way to travel and reduces the cars and congestion on our roads, but it’s important to have a well-planned and reliable service with good facilities.

“I’d encourage residents to let me know what you feel needs improvement and I’ll keep working for better train services.”