Jonathan has spoken out in response to reports that TransPennine Express’s fleet of trains could be reduced by 13% in order to bolster Chiltern Rail services in the South East.
The news came after a recent report in the industry press which claimed a deal had been done with leasing firm, Porterbrook - who provide trains to the TransPennine Express franchise - to move 9 of their 70 trains to Chiltern when the current lease expires in 2015.
The move would seriously affect commuters in Stalybridge, as the trains are the ones used on the Leeds - Manchester services, which stop at Stalybridge station.
Commenting on the news, Jonathan said the move would be “a total disaster for commuters here in Stalybridge”.
“TransPennine services running through Stalybridge are already some of the most overcrowded in the country, if their capacity is reduced even further it is going to push things to breaking point. Without a guarantee of replacement trains I really can’t see how they will be able to cope.”
“I have been arguing for some time that we need more rolling stock on these services, the last thing we need is even fewer trains than what we already have.”
“There needs to be a clear plan on how these vital services will be maintained, and I will be raising this with Secretary of State for Transport as a matter of urgency.”
Jonathan has spoken out in response to reports that TransPennine Express’s fleet of trains could be reduced by 13% in order to bolster Chiltern Rail services in the South East....
This year, people across the UK will commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War. It will be an important moment of national reflection, where we consider the losses this country suffered in one of the most horrific conflicts the world has ever known.
Organisations from across the country will be hosting a range of activities to mark the occasion, from exhibitions and performances, to poetry readings and poppy plantings. Each one will, in its own way, seek to do something positive out of the memory of the war.
Here in Hyde a local theatre production group have decided to mark the occasion with a new play inspired by local people who fought in the War.
Set in 1915, Bantams tells the story of a group of men - desperate to serve their country in its hour need - who are unable to enlist. Keen to play their part, and anxious about the accusations of cowardice, they are offered a way out by forming an irregular band of soldiers, characterised not by their inadequacies, but by the fact that they could have avoided the bloodshed, and chose not to.
The play runs from Tuesday September 30th to Saturday October 4th at Hyde Festival Theatre, with matinee performances on Wednesday October 1st and Saturday October 4th.
Hyde Festival Theatre Company, which is behind the production, are asking for local people’s support to ensure the play is a success. Production is already underway, but to support the project, the company are applying for a grant from the Arts Council, and are offering discounted tickets to demonstrate local enthusiasm in support of the bid.
Anyone who wishes to purchase an early ticket can do so for just £1 up until April 30th by visiting the Theatre’s website here.
This promises to be an exciting production and will no doubt make an excellent contribution to the local commemoration of this important event. I hope people will offer their support, and I wish the team behind it every success.
This year, people across the UK will commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War. It will be an important moment of national reflection, where we consider...
STALYBRIDGE AND HYDE MP, Jonathan Reynolds, has been using his role as a Shadow Minister in Labour’s Energy team to help advise residents in Mossley on how to get their energy bills under control.
At an event in Mossley last Thursday, Mr Reynolds bought together residents and a panel of speakers to discuss what steps could be taken to improve their home energy efficiency, and reduce their energy use.
The event, which was attended by almost 40 people from the Mossley area, included a talk from Tim Pollard, head of sustainability policy for one of the UK’s largest plumbing industry suppliers, Wolseley UK.
Mr Pollard’s presentation explained how heat leaves people’s homes and what measures, such as solid and cavity wall insulation can be installed to prevent it.
He also went on to explain how simple changes to heating controls and radiators can help to reduce people’s usage without leaving them in the cold.
Other speakers included Nigel Morgan from Tameside Citizen's Advice Bureaux, and Alison Lloyd-Welsh from Tameside MBC.
Mr Reynolds said:
“Energy is a big concern for many people across the constituency. The Government have failed to stand up to the big energy companies and their unfair price increases, so people are desperate for help to get their bills under control.”
“Millions of homes in Britain have notoriously poor energy efficiency, and what I wanted to do with this event was make people aware of the savings they might be able to achieve through making minor changes to their property, and the publically backed schemes that can help them to do it.”
“The event was a big success and I was pleased to see so many people take time out of their day to engage with such an important issue.”
Mr Reynolds said he will be planning two more similar events in different parts of the constituency, and will be informing residents in the relevant areas as and when the details are finalised.
STALYBRIDGE AND HYDE MP, Jonathan Reynolds, has been using his role as a Shadow Minister in Labour’s Energy team to help advise residents in Mossley on how to get their...