The battle to stop a potential reduction in the number of trains stopping at Davenport station has been won, after a campaign led by local Lib Dem Councillor Ann Smith.
Hundreds of residents of Davenport, Adswood and Cale Green signed Ann’s petition after she alerted residents to a potential threat to our local rail service.
The report, which was written by Transport for Greater Manchester, suggested that trains between Manchester and Buxton would “skip” Davenport and Woodsmoor stations once an hour.
Ann Smith described any reduction in service to Davenport as “unacceptable” and wrote to TfGM expressing her strong opposition.
Lib Dems at the Council forced TFGM to withdraw the claim that they were not responsible for the report, and they have since confirmed to Stockport Lib Dems that they now do not intend to cut the service and that they will push for More services to Davenport.
“I am very pleased by this u-turn from TfGM, after first claiming they had not written the report and then being forced to backtrack by Lib Dem Councillors,” said Ann. “But I am still worried that the report looked like TfGM were trying to smuggle a change to Davenport’s service without consulting residents or the council.”
Ann wrote to TfGM opposing any reduction in Davenport’s service and set up a petition for residents to sign.
There was a massive response to this petition, with hundreds of residents in Davenport, Cale Green, Adswood and elsewhere in Stockport joining forces to oppose any reduction in service.