Colne Valley residents able to take back control of local pubs this coming weekend

From Saturday 08 July, residents in the Colne Valley villages will be able to enjoy a quiet pint their local pubs. The Rail Ale Trail will be no more. Throughout the weekend, no trains will be stopping at intermediate stations between Stalybridge and Huddersfield.

Therefore, the chances of Marsden being full of Ale Trailers will be virtually nil. Being able to do the same journey from Stalybridge to Huddersfield on local buses will finicky to say the least. With two buses needed (changing at Uppermill) and a 90 minute journey time, it is enough to drive you to drink.

The lack of Rail Ale Trailers will give the long suffering residents a much needed rest and the chance of a quiet pint. On most Saturdays, the Colne Valley villages play host to ale trail revellers. Some of which having a penchant for frivolity much removed from its original premise. On the 08 July and the 09 July, The Swan, The Railway, and the Riverhead Brewery Tap will be quieter places.

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On a more serious side, this weekend and the following Monday will see industrial action by Northern guards. Some services will be running between 7am and 7pm. Normal services between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria are affected by engineering works on the line via Ashton-under-Lyne.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be no stopping service from Stalybridge to Huddersfield (only the bus replacement service from Ashton-under-Lyne). Monday will see additional buses from Greenfield to Manchester Victoria, supporting the shuttle buses from Stalybridge.

The reason behind the strike concerns safety issues on Northern rail services – namely future plans to adopt DOO (Driver Only Operated) trains. With the Rail Ale Trail in full cry, implementing DOO would be a nightmare to say the least.

As for the Rail Ale Trail, that’ll be back to normal on the 15 July 2017. So enjoy your quiet pint without having someone in fancy dress being a few yards away from you.

An East of the A627 Production, 05 July 2017.

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