Thursday, 2 May 2013
Denton's Ghost Station
The third-least-busy station in 2011-12, with just 30 passengers, was Denton in Greater Manchester, which is served only on Friday mornings by a one-way service between Stockport and Stalybridge. A testimony to its relative popularity among the nation’s unloved and unvisited stations is the active Friends of Denton Station campaign, which hopes to increase the frequency of trains passing through. The group’s chairman, Alan Jones, has even taken to the internet to tell passengers of the good times they might expect.
Speaking about the station, Mr Jones, 77, said the ORR figures were “ridiculous” and added that the number of people using Denton had increased since the data was collected. “I’m sure that if there were more trains people would use them,” he said. “The station is at the junction of the M67 and the M60. The traffic on the roads during rush-hour is horrendous. This is a valued service and we are trying to get a regular service.”
Northern Rail said the station, which could boast of a whopping 52 passengers in 2010-11, was being kept open only as part of the company’s franchise. A spokeswoman said: “Although passenger numbers are low, we continue to work closely with the Friends of Denton and the South East Manchester Community Rail Partnership on a local level.” She added that Northern Rail was looking to industry partners, including the Department for Transport, to “specify a higher level of service to the station” and contribute towards funding. Source: The Independent
I have been saying for ages that Denton Station is a neglected local asset and hopefully one day soon it will be restored to its former glory as it once again becomes a working passenger station. For anyone interested in the long term future of this little used station you could visit the Friends of Denton Station Website where you will find all kinds of interesting information and activities regarding the station. Tameside Citizen