Welcome to the Friends of Reddish South Station website.
This site will keep you updated about the progress of the recently formed "Friends Of Reddish South Station" group that aims to tidy and maintain the little used station. Its long term aim is to fight for the introduction of a regular service to Stockport and the south and Manchester Victoria to the northwest.
Our main point of contact for news or official items is the Secretary FORSS, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we also have a secondary e-mail address for photos email@example.com. If you have any photos of our recent events or special trains, please forward them to this address and we will try to include them on our pictures page. We are also on "Twitter" @DavdoFo .
Treasurer Dot and Technical Advisor Noel along with Friends of Denton Station Officials FoDS, had a great meeting today chaired by MP Andrew Gwynne, with TfGM Officials Amanda White & Jason Prince. Of course our joint aim with FoDS has always been to get passenger services along the line from Stockport to Manchester Victoria (and beyond both ) through Reddish South and Denton Stations. Our joint surveys have always shown that many hundreds of people want and need this alternative route to Central Manchester and these include hundreds in the Hazel Grove, Middlewood, Cheadle Hulme & Stockport areas as well of course as thousands in Reddish and Denton. The survey results proove all this.
Unfortunately despite continued support and pressure from several MP's, many Councillors from Stockport and Tameside MBC'c and both FoRSS and FoDS it has always been TfGM that have not reponded to all this effort , pressure or any survey results. So it was very refreshing indeed that today both Amanda White and Jason Prince from TfGM accepted that we had indeed had many meetings with Arriva North Trains and Network Rail and that both of these parties had been very positive for services along our line. Therefore they both agreed with Chairman Andrew Gwynne MP that we ALL need to meet together to further this progress to getting them. So it was agreed by all to meet again in May with Arriva North Trains and Network Rail. This meeting will be arranged by Andrew, probably at TfGM's offices in Manchester and of course Amanda and Jason agreed to this.
This is at last some positive progress and we now feel that we will be listened to and that passenger services to Manchester Victoria would aleviate some of the chronic road traffic problems in East Manchester.
Stephen Forde Stockport MBC Community Rail Officer presented the members who were on the Station platform today, tidying and gardening, with our Best Kept Station award totem that will get pride of place on our picket fence.
It was a gloriously sunny warm day and we got lots of support with all our gardening and weeding and as well as getting our award we also got several local Councillors and even James Palmer the boss of Retro Railtours of Ashton u Lyne, who got stuck in with some much needed pruning. Our Head Gardener Noel doled out the jobs and appropriate tools, and we got lots of work done in bringing down loads of cuttings and weeds. At about 11:00 Dot and Kim went to local cafe "Johnnies Cafe" on Gorton Road for the usual bacon and sausage butties and Dave brewed up for all the crew . It was a great morning for gardening and some quality "networking" in our continued campaign for passenger services from our Station and from Denton Station too. We also managed to convince a few more people that the next Retro Railtour from Reddish South to Cardiff/Swansea will be worth going on ! MANY THANKS to everyone who turned up to help.
March 20th. Please see news page for latest Retro railtours trips from REDDISH SOUTH !
March 20th 2017. Folk Train News !
This years Easter Folk Train will be on Good Friday April 14th . It departs Stockport 09:20. Reddish South 09:27 and Denton 09:31. Ged and Phil our resident Folk Duo will be playing on the Train and in the famous Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar. The buffet will be opening specially for us, serving breakfasts teas coffees or bacon butties etc. Please don't forget that the Train is ONE WAY ONLY and you have to make your own way home.
Feb 3rd 2017. Ghost Train.
Todays train alone got 11 passengers from Reddish South with a further 3 from Denton. There were also 17 already on the train from Stockport. Bearing in mind that this Parliamentary "Ghost Train" only goes one way to Stalybridge once a week, and not to Manchester Victoria, then this shows for one, that the passenger figures for a full year from TfGM are way out , and secondly that there are plenty of residents in both Reddish and Denton really would support a proper passenger service to Manchester Victoria that TfGM will simply not recognise or acknowledge.