At the August Forum meeting one of our members, Martin Albericci, raised the issue of the small number of trains stopping at Deansgate station. Cllr Marc Ramsbottom said he’d take the issue up with Cllr Keith Whitmore, Chair of the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority.
Here’s their exchange of emails so far.
If you’ve got any comments please respond.
I am writing further to our recent conversation about Deansgate station. The Castlefield Residents Forum have asked me to raise with you the issue about the use of this station. Many residents in the vicinity of Castlefield/Deansgate feel that the station is significantly underused, and that the reason for this is that relatively few trains actually stop at this station. I know from our discussion, that this is frequently because some of the train operators do not want to stop at this station, and wonder if there are any steps that GMITA can take to increase the number of trains that stop and use this station, which would be of benefit to many local residents.
I have sent a copy of this email to the Chair and Secretary of the Castlefield Residents Forum, and I would be grateful if you would kindly let me have your comments and thoughts about how the frequency of trains at this station might be improved.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you for your email regarding train calls at Deansgate.
GMITA recognises the importance of Deansgate as an access station for residents in the Castlefield regeneration area, the Museum of Science and Industry, Deansgate itself, entertainment and work locations in the vicinity and, of course, interchange with Metrolink.
As part of a continuous process GMPTE Officers review train stopping patterns, any timetable changes proposed by the train operating companies and the impact on the three stations along the Castlefield to Piccadilly rail corridor (Deansgate, Oxford Road and Piccadilly) and beyond. I am sure that you appreciate that this congested, mostly 2 track, railway presents many operational challenges. Quite simply the demand for train paths between Salford Crescent, Castlefield and Piccadilly exceeds the available capacity of the route (a problem that will not be resolved for some years until the implementation of the Northern Hub proposals).
However, I will ask GMPTE Officers to review and monitor the current rail timetable to ascertain of there is any scope for additional stops at Deansgate, without imposing excessively adverse consequences elsewhere on the network. However, given the very capacity of the route and the existing demands of the service, it will be very challenging to develop any workable proposals for additional stops at Deansgate.