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andrewbowden

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2018, 01:50:04 PM »
Today is the first day of the new timetable.  Thankfully it seems that the original details were provisional as there's now two trains an hour from 7am until 8pm.

There's still one oddity in that the 1745 from Rose Hill to Manchester takes 38 minutes (rather than the normal 28-32 mins) and includes a four minute wait at Gorton for some reason.

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2018, 11:40:50 AM »
I fully support the efforts of Friends of Rose Hill to get Northern to reconsider their timetable.  For those that do not know, the proposal is to have no train from Piccadilly to Rose Hill weekdays between 17:10 and 18:10, the peak rush hour service, because a leaf-cleaning train might use the line.  All year.  Although the service is improved the rest of the weekday service.

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2018, 11:05:06 AM »
Oh dear this will badly affect several people I know who work in Manchester and use the 16 44 or roundabout to get back for childcare. Those trains are already rammed full. Disgusting to scrap peak time trains. Rose Hill much easier for parking when you are in a hurry dropping off kids and getting back to them. Especially with delays. Too stressful already.

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2018, 12:18:33 PM »
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andrewbowden

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2018, 08:54:00 AM »
The missing peak trains have now appeared, this is now a much enhanced weekend and evening service from both Marple and Rose Hill.

Shame the Manchester-Rose Hill evening peak service is still listed as being just one train between 5pm and 6pm.

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2018, 07:30:04 AM »
The new May rail timetable is available on real train times

Although there is a welcome increase in late evening and weekend trains there is a reduction in the key rush hour frequencies from both Marple and Rose Hill. Evening Rose Hill are particular badly affected, down to just one per hour from Manchester!

Marple weekday http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/MPL/2018/05/21/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt
Marple Saturday http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/MPL/2018/05/26/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt
Marple Sunday http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/MPL/2018/05/20/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

Rose Hill weekday http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/RSH/2018/05/21/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt
Rose Hill Saturday http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/RSH/2018/05/26/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

The missing peak trains have now appeared, this is now a much enhanced weekend and evening service from both Marple and Rose Hill.

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2018, 05:32:42 PM »
The issue is caused by a lack of Northern diesel units. There has been delays in electrification in both the South West and North West which means that they have surplus electric trains and not enough diesels.

Its very disappointing that Marple and Rose Hill rush hour trains are being cut from the timetable as a result. However, this must have been agreed by Stockport Council and TfGM.

Can any councillors advise if representation has been made?


As far as i know, you can use Marple/Rose Hill tickets to either station, i certainly have never had a problem.

Details and frequency of service are basically Northern's responsibility.  (Although they had to promise an increase in number and length of trains to get the franchise in the first place.)  They did promise an upgrade to an hourly Sunday service to Sheffield.  But I am not on TfGMC any more so don't see all the detail. 
And @Dave you are right - there was a meeting with the man in charge of the new Northern fleet and we are probably getting 150/1s.  But they will have WiFi and they are not Pacers!

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2018, 11:48:15 AM »
Hopefully they'll be able to shave some time of the stopping services.

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2018, 11:41:35 AM »
Oh, not even our line then!

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Sorry; as you were...

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2018, 11:00:09 AM »
Sounds great.  For the express trains that only stop at Stockport anyway!

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2018, 09:29:02 AM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-43061765

Hold on tight for the east-bound thrill ride of the 19th Century ( in a couple of years at least ). 30 miles in 30 minutes - who would have thought it possible..... Still, every little helps :)

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2018, 12:29:55 PM »
Given that I don’t know of any rail electrification that has been completed on time or to budget, along with the issues of the tunnel to Marple and wires blowing down in wind, I now consider that battery trains are a better option for us.    (Personally, I would like to see a stop to all rail electrification other than on high-speed lines.   It is just not worth the many years of disruption to service while it is install given we now have the option of battery trains.)

There are now battery buses on the market, that can be changed in 20 seconds and then travel a few miles before they need more charge.   The same can be done with trains, charging can be done with overhead wires at stations.  There is also the option of a train waiting for 20 minutes at Rose Hill while the driver does to the WC, and batteries get enough charge for the next round drip to Manchester.

Adding a generator to make it a hybrid, gives the advantage that the trains can be put into service on a line before all the chargers have been installed, hence greatly reducing the risk of the project.   It also allows the trains to be diverted  (maybe at a slow speed due to the limited output of the generator) when there are issues with the service.

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2018, 11:23:37 AM »
Realistically, not everyone can have brand new trains.  Someone's always going to end up with the older stock.  And the best trains are always going to end up on the flagship, long distance routes.  Trains have a designed life span of 40-50 years after all.  Well except Pacers that were designed to last around 20 years but somehow are still going on...  The other issue is that no one wants to buy diesels.  it's seen as a dying technology.  Why invest too much when you've other stock you could use until other technologies are more feasible.

That’s sadly the key point, if we want better rolling stock to Marple we likely now have to be pushing for electrification first. (Or hope hybrid/battery technology becomes much more standard) Glossop is a fully comparable line, but electrified, guess what… they’re getting brand new trains.

It is fair to say our line has been consistently bottom of the pile though. My entire life since the late 80s it’s never had anything but some of the oldest, least cared for stock. They ran the Class 101s into the ground until 2003 for heavens sake, and even now with crush-loaded Pacers no one is standing up and saying “hey, why don’t we try giving this line a step-change in its service and rolling stock for once in its life?”.

If I have any cynicism it's that I suspect is that Northern are doing its refurbishments on the cheap. The refurbished ones I've been on could have benefited enormously from new seats for starters.  Just replacing the covering doesn't cut the mustard...

Agreed with that, no reason with modern design why a Class 150 has to feel like a bad train. The refurbishments are just totally half hearted and Northern seem insistent on the most bargain basement seat moquette possible.

Is this timetable on Real-time Trains set in stone though? I’ve been looking at Disley/New Mills Newtown because the line is meant to finally get 2 trains per hour, but it seems not all trains are appearing yet (either that or they’ll have the same number of trains with a really odd timetable).

Reading around rail forums online, I think they’ve still a few weeks to pin it down?

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2018, 01:06:43 PM »
It's sad that we have been so accustomed to being bottom of the heap that our expectations are now so low.  The only thing that can be said for the class 150 'sprinters' is that they are not as bad as the class 142 'pacers'.  But they are still small (unless two units are coupled together), noisy, and with cramped (five abreast) seating.

Realistically, not everyone can have brand new trains.  Someone's always going to end up with the older stock.  And the best trains are always going to end up on the flagship, long distance routes.  Trains have a designed life span of 40-50 years after all.  Well except Pacers that were designed to last around 20 years but somehow are still going on...  The other issue is that no one wants to buy diesels.  it's seen as a dying technology.  Why invest too much when you've other stock you could use until other technologies are more feasible.

But old trains don't worry me as long as they're well maintained and kept in good condition.  It can be done.  The Bakerlook line in London has trains that are 46 years old, and will run for many more years too.  In South West London, electric trains are running that are older than the Sprinters we'll get.  Both have been been refurbished and looked after.  They still work and get people around.   Neither feel as old as they are.  They're looked after well.

If I have any cynicism it's that I suspect is that Northern are doing its refurbishments on the cheap. The refurbished ones I've been on could have benefited enormously from new seats for starters.  Just replacing the covering doesn't cut the mustard...

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Re: May train timetable- changes to commuter services
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2018, 12:21:39 PM »
We'll probably get a hotchpotch of diesel trains that are being cascaded from Scotrail and GWR. 

Yes, that is what we can expect I fear.

There's nothing wrong with those trains physically.  They have plenty more years of life in them.  But they certainly won't be shiny and new.

It's sad that we have been so accustomed to being bottom of the heap that our expectations are now so low.  The only thing that can be said for the class 150 'sprinters' is that they are not as bad as the class 142 'pacers'.  But they are still small (unless two units are coupled together), noisy, and with cramped (five abreast) seating.