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Gorton MP writes to the Secretary of State for Transport about the Rose Hill Line closure

Posted on 27th August 2020

The MP for Gorton, Afzal Khan, has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, about the impact that the Rose Hill Line closure will have on his constituents.

Dear Secretary of State,

Service Reduction at Gorton Station

I have been contacted by a number of constituents concerned about the temporary withdrawal of the Manchester Piccadilly – Rose Hill Northern Trains service. This would leave Gorton station, used by many of my constituents to commute into the city centre and beyond, with only one service per hour. 

Not only will this service reduction inconvenience many commuters, it will also result in more crowded trains on the remaining services which will be used by passengers unable to travel from Rose Hill. These include those going from Piccadilly via Gorton to Glossop, and those going via Belle Vue and Ryder Brow (both also in my constituency) to Marple. I have no doubt that these busier services will damage the confidence of passengers that they can use public transport safely during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. 

Reduced services and busier trains may ultimately mean more private cars on the road. At a time when we face the dual challenges of a climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, we should be increasing the frequency of services rather than reducing them. 

I would ask that you intervene to reinstate the service from Manchester Piccadilly to Rose Hill, and to confirm that there will be no long-term reduction in services from Gorton station. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours sincerely, 

Afzal Khan MP

Member of Parliament for Manchester Gorton