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Ruby Anstee – Editor
Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT

Past Articles

Debbie: Greenfield to Huddersfield rail fare rises are ‘unacceptably high’

Debbie and supporters at Labour’s #RailFail protest at Greenfield station last week

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has recently been campaigning for a better deal for her constituents who use Greenfield station where the average cost of a season ticket from Greenfield to Huddersfield has risen by £320, over 24%, since 2010.

Debbie met with commuters at Greenfield railway station last week to discuss their concerns and to explain what she is trying to do […]

Debbie tackles access and frequency of service issues at Greenfield station

Greenfield Station

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Minister for Disabled People, has written to the Department for Transport (DfT) and Rail North (RN) demanding better access to Greenfield station for people with mobility issues and an increase in the frequency of the services to alleviate overcrowding.

Debbie said: “Although some service cuts were removed from the recently awarded franchise plans I remain concerned about lack of accessibility for commuters with mobility issues at Greenfield […]

Transpennine electrification delay is bad news for local rail users

Electrification would help to alleviate overcrowding on trains

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

News that the electrification of the rail line through Saddleworth has been delayed indefinitely will mean further misery for local commuters who regularly use Greenfield and Mossley stations.

The work would have seen the line electrified between York and Manchester over the next two years helping to reduce the number of overcrowded trains.

Railnews editor, Sim Harris, told Saddleworth News: “Network Rail has explained that it is […]

Saddleworth News TV – Debbie Abrahams Interview

Our new MP, Debbie Abrahams, has told Saddleworth News all about her first few weeks in office. In a video interview recorded in Uppermill, she also talked about the issues she’s been working on since she was elected in January.

Ms Abrahams used the interview to reveal she’s already written to the Transport Secretary about overcrowding and the price of tickets on the Manchester to Huddersfield rail line. She also spoke about her opposition to the government’s planned NHS […]

Bones Found At Friezland Thought To Be Animal

Police examine the scene at Friezland. (picture: GPSJ News)

Police were called to Friezland this afternoon after some bones were discovered near the railway line. It’s not thought they were human.

The bones were found by a man out walking his dog at about 2pm. He said he guessed the bones probably belonged to an animal, but called British Transport Police so they could investigate.

When contacted by Saddleworth News, […]

Saddleworth Reaction To The Budget

Debbie Abrahams MP

Local politicians and business leaders have been giving their views on today’s Budget, delivered by Chancellor George Osborne.

Mr Osborne announced a cut in fuel duty of 1p per litre, paid for by extra taxes on North Sea oil companies. He also confirmed an increase in the personal tax allowance, a new shared-equity scheme to help more first-time buyers, and a larger than expected cut in corporation tax.

Funding for a new rail link between Manchester’s […]

Railway On Agenda At MP’s Surgery

A train on the line near Diggle.

The state of the Manchester to Huddersfield railway line will be one of the topics discussed this Saturday, as our new MP holds her first Saddleworth constituency surgery.

Debbie Abrahams will be meeting members of the public at Uppermill Civic Hall between 10am and 11am.

Cllr Royce Franklin, who chairs the Saddleworth and Lees sub-committee on transport matters, will join other local campaigners in talking to Ms Abrahams about the line, which […]

Abrahams Urged To Tackle Rail Problems

Debbie Abrahams MP

Saddleworth News readers have urged local MP Debbie Abrahams to make pushing for improvements on the Manchester to Huddersfield railway line her top priority.

A poll’s been running on the site for the past week asking what issue she should make her main focus, with suggestions of various issues which are important to people in our area.

Improvements on the line, which includes stops at Marsden, Greenfield and Mossley, got 33% of the vote. Trying to […]