Northern Rail Strike: Timetable Details for Tameside Commuters

Arriva Rail North strike updates

From tomorrow [Saturday 08 July], Northern rail guards will begin their three-day strike. As a consequence, there will be fewer Northern services than normal. Of the services that will be running over the weekend, trains and bus replacement services will begin running at 7am and cease around 7pm.

To reiterate, the strike action concerns safety issues. Particularly the introduction of Driver Only Operation. Though DOO is de rigeur on the Metrolink, London Underground, and stations within London and South East England, implementing it in the North of England wouldn’t work properly. Not without substantial investment to unstaffed stations, in raising platform heights, and adding step-free access.

Step free access or not, conductor-guards not only sell tickets. They ensure the train is safe, and that passengers are able to board and disembark safely. They are the difference between avoiding an accident or there being one. For some, peace of mind or company. Taking away the guard makes train travel even less accessible to people with mobility problems. The passengers’ personal safety is compromised, especially on sparsely used trains.

Tameside’s strike timetables

Of the Northern trains that are running on the strike days, expect to see reduced timetables as well as the shorter operating hours. Throughout the three days, there will be no trains at all calling at Fairfield station. Hyde North and Central stations will only see an irregular service on Mondays. Denton station is not affected, as its only train operates on Fridays.

Manchester Victoria/Manchester Piccadilly – Stalybridge – Huddersfield

  • Saturday: no stopping service between Stalybridge and Huddersfield; bus replacement service for remainder of route due to engineering works. Half hourly at nine minutes to the hour and twenty-one minutes past the hour from 0851 to 1851;
  • Sunday: no stopping service between Huddersfield and Stalybridge; limited bus replacement service for remainder of route due to engineering works. Hourly at 22 minutes to the hour from 0838 to 1738;
  • Monday (Stalybridge to Huddersfield): limited stopping trains, departing at 0641, then 12 minutes past the hour from 0812 to 1612, and at 1812.
  • Monday (Manchester Victoria – Stalybridge – Greenfield): bus replacement service due to engineering works. Every half hour to Stalybridge, and hourly to Greenfield, departing at 21 minutes past the hour (to Greenfield) and nine minutes to the hour (to Stalybridge), from 0721 to 1851.

Huddersfield – Stalybridge – Manchester Victoria/Manchester Piccadilly

  • Saturday: no stopping service between Huddersfield and Stalybridge; bus replacement service for remainder of route due to engineering works. Half hourly at nine minutes to the hour and twenty-one minutes past the hour from 0855 to 1855;
  • Sunday: no stopping service between Huddersfield and Stalybridge; limited bus replacement service for remainder of route due to engineering works. Hourly at five minutes to the hour from 0955 to 1755;
  • Monday (Huddersfield to Stalybridge): limited stopping trains, departing at 0715, then 0916, and quarter past the hour from 1015 to 1715, and at 1915.
  • Monday (Greenfield – Stalybridge – Manchester Victoria): bus replacement service due to engineering works. Every half hour from Stalybridge, and hourly from Greenfield, departing at five to the hour from Greenfield and Stalybridge stations. Buses from Greenfield will arrive at Stalybridge at 25 minutes past the hour, from 0655 to 1855 from Stalybridge. The last bus from Greenfield will depart at 1755, arriving at Stalybridge for 1825.

First Transpennine Express trains will operate as normal. Rail season tickets for journeys between Greenfield and Manchester Victoria will be valid on Metrolink trams from Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne to Manchester Central Zone.

Passengers travelling between Stalybridge and Ashton-under-Lyne should also consider the 236, 237, 348, 353, and 354 bus routes as fast and more frequent alternatives to the bus replacement service. Please note that the 387 and 389 services take a more circuitous route via Ridge Hill estate.

From Mossley and Greenfield to Ashton-under-Lyne, the 350, 353, and 354 offer a bus alternative.

Manchester Piccadilly – Guide Bridge – Rose Hill Marple/Marple

  • Saturday: no service;
  • Sunday: not applicable: no Sunday service via Hyde North under normal operations;
  • Monday: no trains calling at Fairfield station. Limited service from Hyde Central, Hyde North, and Guide Bridge stations to Rose Hill Marple. From Hyde Central trains will depart at 0721, 0835, 0952, 1223, 1352, 1552, and 1735. All times two minutes earlier from Hyde North station, and six to seven minutes earlier from Guide Bridge station.

Rose Hill Marple/Marple – Guide Bridge – Manchester Piccadilly

  • Saturday: no service;
  • Sunday: not applicable: no Sunday service via Hyde North under normal operations;
  • Monday: no trains calling at Fairfield station. Limited service from Hyde Central, Hyde North, and Guide Bridge stations to Manchester Piccadilly. From Hyde Central trains will depart at 0751, 0906, 1035, 1303, 1435, 1635, and 1807. All times two minutes later from Hyde North station, and eight or nine minutes later from Guide Bridge station.

If you need to travel from Fairfield to Manchester, the 219 offers a viable alternative, as does the less regular 217 and the peak hour 221 service. From Hyde to Marple, considerably longer since the 389 hasn’t terminated at Marple since April 2009. This means boarding a 330 bus and changing at Bredbury (outside Morrisons) for the 383/384 circular routes into Romiley and Marple.

Manchester Piccadilly – Guide Bridge – Hadfield/Glossop

  • Saturday: once hourly (eighteen minutes past the hour from 0718 to 1618, then 1646, 1746, and 1846 with an extra journey at 0946);
  • Sunday: once hourly service during shopping hours (departing from Manchester Piccadilly station at 0918, 0948, then 12 minutes to the hour till 1448, and 1618);
  • Monday: once hourly (first journey at 0648 then once hourly service from 0718 to 1618. Then 1648, 1718, and 1819).

 Hadfield/Glossop – Guide Bridge – Manchester Piccadilly

  • Saturday: once hourly (one minute to the hour from Hadfield from 0759 to 1659, then 1729, 1829, and 1929);
  • Sunday: once hourly service during shopping hours (departing from Hadfield station at 0959, 1029, then 29 minutes past the hour till 1529, and 1659);
  • Monday: once hourly service (first journey at 0730, then 0800 and 0901, followed by hourly service from 0959 to 1559; evening peak trains at 1701, 1733 and 1803; last train at 1900).

On weekends, due to the absence of the Rose Hill Marple trains, the above limited service is the only one calling at Guide Bridge. Monday’s trains will also be augmented with a limited service between Rose Hill Marple and Manchester Piccadilly station.

Travelling to Glossop by bus from Hyde entails a lengthy journey, and the limited service provides some salvation. At night time, a case of getting a cab or downloading the Uber app onto your smartphone. Please note that Uber’s surge pricing could make the ‘cheap taxi option’ a less attractive one.

Useful References and Resources

For further updates on the strike, Northern’s website and Twitter feed will stand you in good stead for the weekend and the following Monday. Transport for Greater Manchester’s website and Twitter feed are also useful sources.

S.V., 07 July 2017.

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  1. Hi Stuart –

    Been a while since I checked into your website as I’ve had a busy year or so recently but just wanted to congratulate on the new website design – I think it may have been a long while back when you refurbished your site so apologies for not congratulating you until now! It looks extremely polished and smart and I particularly like your use of GM buses orange brown and white at the top!

    As ever thank you for the continuous hard work and updates of the transport scene to us in the borough of Tameside and (well for me anyway), beyond into Saddleworth, Oldham and the High Peak.

    I’ve been out of the Greater Manchester transport picture so much lately that it was only until I recently discovered the demise of a, as you also describe, a stalwart bus tender in the area; Checkmate of Mossley (formerly trading using the name T’andy bus, or Tandy Bus). I came across your ‘2016 in the company of buses’ post only recently and that’s when I found out that 30 years of service from Checkmate transport; (in which their 352 workings and 418 service deserve a special mention as they worked these services for a long while), has come to an end now; it’s sad to see them disappear from the scene but then again they join the ever so increasing list of defunct operators from the area since bus deregulation.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought this was the time of year (July) when we analyse the latest set of bus service changes across the area, but it looks as though this month the only changes are the introduction of the traditional Summer timetables. Perhaps it will be October when we see the next substantial set of service changes.

    As said thank you for all the hard work.

    Regards

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    1. Hi Mr. Tunnel,

      Good to see you back on the blog. Yes, it is true that the summer changes are mainly timetable tweaks due to the schools being off. The following September and the end of October have always been busier for more major changes to the bus network.

      Busiest of all tends to be the post-Easter and late January changes. This Summer, there are some changes planned for the Saddleworth region that’ll be announced on East of the M60.

      At one time, covering the changes used to be disjointed affair. At worst, your route could see two major changes if for example, Operator A’s version of your 343 route changed a week after Operator B. Hence TfGM (and GMPTE from 2007) insisting on standardised dates for all operators.

      Glad to see you like the new look and the GMT Meets FAC51 bumper. With other activities in the way, I have not added as many entries to the blog this year. Even so, there is at the very least one post a week. Sometimes thrice weekly.

      Warmly,

      Stuart.

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