GMITA report on future West Coast services ….

Posted on December 22nd, 2010, by The Chairman

GMITA has recently published a report into “Applications for new rail services on West Coast Main Line from 2012”.

It talks about an additional commuter service on the Crewe line, but little about returning Mid Cheshire line peak services to half-hourly into Manchester.

It can be downloaded here.

Given the mess the West Coast December 2008 timetable changes made to commuting into and back from Manchester from the south (Buxton/Crewe/Mid Cheshire lines), we wonder whether the report should have been more critical of those changes and the lack of proposals to reinstate those missing services.

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  1. Vince Chadwick Says:

    Perhaps instead of two Pendelinos per hours through Stockport / Stoke and one per hour through Wilmslow / Crewe, it should be the other way around with the Crewe Pendelinos routing via the Styal line to relieve congestion in the Piccadilly / Stockport corridor.

    Perhaps, despite the Wilmslow – Styal – Airport line being almost disused (one train an hour each way I think, plus the occasional freight), the Styal line north of the Airport may be too busy to allow this.

    Anyone know?

  2. Jen Says:

    Good point Vince.

    Obviously, the ideal solution here is to build the link between the Mid Cheshire line and Manchester Airport, which will give most of the line a faster service to Manchester without needing to use the Stockport viaduct, in addition to opening up more long distance opportunities.

    This has been for a while seen as a ‘long term option’ that might become viable in the future. Surely, if they plan to run another Manchester-London service with the lack of paths through Stockport then this new line should become viable.

  3. Keith Says:

    People, organisations and businesses affected directly or indirectly by past or future West Coast plans can submit a response to the West Coast RUS.

    Obviously GMPTE/GMITA’s and Northern Rail’s response will be given more consideration than that of a business employing 10 people or an individual. However, a lot of responses on this issue from such people may get noticed.

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