Concern as Glossop/Hadfield line loses trains

The trains (Class 323 electric units) which have served the Glossop to Manchester route for the last 20 years are being moved to Birmingham and it is not clear what alternatives exist. The Friends of Glossop Station said they were "extremely concerned" about the move.

"What is intended to replace [the class 323 electric units] is unclear. Using the former Thameslink Class 319 electric units ( now in the Manchester area on the newly electrified Manchester Liverpool routes) would face problems in maintaining current schedules on the Glossop route because of its rising gradient. Despite a recent extensive refurbishment by Northern they are older trains than the 323 units and they do not possess regenerative braking.They are also 4 coach trains and would be too long for some stations on the Glossop route.
 We are currently working with the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership to argue the case for the Class 323's being retained in the Manchester area and in particular on the Glossop line. We hope those of you concerned about the possible loss of these trains will also contact the DfT to urge they be retained".

Chris Dale, chairman of TravelWatch NorthWest described the situation as "another kick in the teeth for passengers of the undervalued local rail services in the North West".
The trains used on the Northern Rail service from Manchester to Glossop and Hadfield are leased from a company called Porterbrooks, who have decided to move the trains to the Midlands to minimise operating costs.

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