High Peak MP Ruth George met with Northern Rail’s regional director, Chris Jackson, to build support for the station at Gamesley to be built.
Ruth said: “With fewer buses, a station to enable residents of Gamesley and Simmondley to take the train into Manchester or Glossop would make a huge difference and help reduce traffic through Glossop.
“I’ve been lobbying all interested parties and was delighted when Transport for Greater Manchester included Gamesley Station in its Strategic Transport Plan.
“Now I’m seeking more support and I am very pleased that Chris was encouraging. Changes to services in Manchester have freed up capacity on the line at Guide Bridge so Chris felt there was scope for improvements on the Glossop line.
“He also agreed to take up the lack of sheltered seating and unlit access along Bankswood at Hadfield, which I’ve raised with Network Rail, and to look into the poor lighting along the path to Dinting station.
“The ticket barriers and ticket vending machines have been an issue at Glossop station. I was assured that a wider range of tickets will be able to be purchased from the machines.
“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.”