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High Peak politicians voice opposition to train service cuts

A cross-party campaign has seen High Peak's MP and local council leaders join forces to call for two trains per hour on the Manchester to Buxton line to continue. 

MP Robert Largan, Councillor Anthony Mckeown, Leader of High Peak Borough Council, and Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, have written jointly to Nick Donovan, the Managing Director of train operator Northern. 

The move comes after recommendations of the Manchester Recovery Task Force, Northern and TransPennine Express published proposals to change the existing timetable structure of rail services in the High Peak from December. 

In their joint letter, MP Largan, Cllr Mckeown, and Cllr Lewis outlined their opposition. 

“The timetable proposes maintaining two trains per hour during peak times but reducing services to once an hour during off-peak times.  

“This would be a significant reduction in services and negatively impact the High Peak.” 

They want to see improvements to local services to encourage visitors to travel by public transport rather than by car and for residents who rely on them to access employment, education, and health services.  

“Reducing rail services on the Buxton line would make this task even more difficult," they stated in the letter. 

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