The first of my two petitions concerns Network Rail’s proposal to close both Reddish South and Denton stations in my constituency. A skeleton parliamentary service has operated on the Stockport to Stalybridge line since 1991, with just one train a week in one direction. The petitioners recognise that the current line is financially unviable even if the frequency of trains is increased. However, in view of major bids for transport systems being made for Greater Manchester, they argue that the stations should remain open for use on a new commuter route into Manchester Victoria, serving the city centre.
The Petition of the supporters of the Keep South Reddish Railway Station Open campaign,
Declares that the Network Rail North West Route Utilisation Strategy 2006 proposes the closure of South Reddish and Denton stations on the Stockport to Stalybridge railway line.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Transport to reject the proposal of Network Rail, in order to keep the stations and the Stockport to Stalybridge rail line open for passenger service,
And the Petitioners remain, etc.
To lie upon the Table.