Sainsbury’s Denton Today

Thank you to all those who came by to chat and donated at the stand in Sainsbury’s today!

We raised over £255 which will help finance the improvements to the Station platform and ensure we can keep campaigning for a frequent train service through Denton to Manchester Victoria.

Thank you also to Sainsbury’s Denton for the assistance and making it possible!

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Have your say on the new franchise

Today in Sainsburys many people we spoke to were keen on having their say about a frequent passenger service through Denton Station. The franchise is currently up for renewal and the consultation period currently live.

Please click on the link below for more information on the franchise renewal and to find out how you can have your say.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-northern-and-transpennine-express-rail-franchises

Thank you!

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We’re revamping Denton Station

As you should be aware, we are committed not only to getting a frequent train service through Denton, but also improving the appearance of the Station. This summer we are revamping the end of the platform. We have commissioned a new ‘Denton’ sign and are securing and restoring the old timber fence.

He’s an update of progress at about 1/3 of the way through:

Fencing repairs:
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New Sign:

Denton Station Sign 2

Denton Station Sign 2

Thanks to Dave Ferguson, Anne and Bill Nunnerley and Anita Lunn for all helping on the platform!

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Sainsbury’s Denton This Weekend

We will be in the foyer of Sainsbury’s Denton this Saturday (26th July) from 10am- 3pm with our stand. Please come and pay us a visit and find out more about our campaign.

A big thank -you to Sainsbury’s Denton staff for making this possible!

We look forward to seeing you!

Friends of Denton station stall

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New article in Tameside Advertiser on franchise controversy

Denton Station Tameside Advertiser

Tameside Advertiser 9th July 2014

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The moment we’ve been waiting for- we Need YOUR support in PRESTON!

Join us to finally have our say on trains though Denton Station in:

Preston
Thu 3rd July 2014, 10.30am – 1pm     
Committee Room A, County Hall, Lancashire County Council

With the new franchise for Northern Rail commencing in February 2016, the Department for Transport has finally announced the start of the consultation process which will allow us to make the case for a regular passenger service through Denton Station.

Northern Rail has held the franchise- the licence to operate the passenger trains passing through Denton Station- since 2004. This was originally awarded for 6 years and 9 months, but has been renewed by the Department of Transport several times meaning that there has not been a formal consultation for over a decade as Northern have been allowed to operate trains until 2016.

The process to decide if Northern will continue to run the service after February 2016 is the objective of the franchise tendering process. If Northern continue to operate the line, current routes will change and this is what is up for discussion at the consultation. It may also be the case that Northern are not awarded a contract renewal and another company will take over. Either way, it is time to get our views heard about the line passing through Denton and Reddish South Station at this critical opportunity!

Please contact us to pledge your support and your ability to attend the consultation where friends and members of Denton Station will be finally able to have a say.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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New Denton Station Sign

We are pleased to be in the final planning stage of a new Denton Station sign. The sign will be in the old British Rail style with burgundy and cream colours and will be assembled at the far end of the Station. We now have all quotes for the project and will be financing it out of membership fees. Therefore, we would particularly like to thank those members who have renewed already, especially those opting for the new £10 lifetime membership option.

Please contact us if you are able to volunteer your help in July on the Station for putting up the sign.

Style of new sign which will read ‘Denton’

Manchester Piccadilly Sign

 

Friends of Denton railway Station Committee

Some members of the Friends of Denton railway Station Committee

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Update on Progress

As the summer approaches we thought this would be a good opportunity to take stock and let you know our exciting plans for the Station.

Further Station Refurbishment 

Following the successful persuading of Network Rail to completely resurface the Station platform and the installation of our thriving flowerbeds in the past few years, we are planning a third round of improvements! These are designed to get more people knowing about Denton Station. We have designed and planned for a new Denton Station sign to be installed at the far end of the platform in the traditional British Railways style with sign-written letters and authentic colours. We are also planning new flowerbeds for the far end of the platform to celebrate the life of Dorothy Melia, a member of FODS whom recently passed away

Sainsbury’s

We will once again be holding a foyer event in Sainsbury’s Denton in the next few months. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the Station, our work, how you can volunteer and help out, become a member and win prizes. We have arranged similar events in Sainsbury’s over the last three years and at each you remind us how much a frequent commuter service passing through Denton into Manchester would benefit you. Please keep an eye on the website for the date.

Online Membership 

We operate using the kind donations provided by the individuals and families who want Denton Station restored to its former self. Membership of the group is currently £2.50/ yr and you will receive a unique membership card and newsletters. Most members sign-up when we hold our stand in Sainsbury’s and at other events, but we understand it can be time-consuming to renew membership by post. Therefore, we are currently working on a Paypal system integrated within the website to make things easier. This should go live in the next month and your comments will be gratefully received.

As always, please get in touch with comments, we are grateful for any donations or membership requests and offers of volunteer help. Please also visit Friends of Reddish South Station (http://reddish.dsracing.me.uk), our sister group, and support their work. 

Thank you 

Cyrus Nayeri (Treasurer)

 

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Flower Beds

Hi Everybody- we received a letter from Forever Manchester  informing us that we have been refused the funding we applied for to create new flower beds at the end of the Station (opposite the stairs). We will now be looking elsewhere for funding to start the project this Summer. We will not be giving up! Alan Jones

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Table Top Sale

This Saturday the 29th we are having a table top sale at the Victoria Park Community Centre Market St Denton should be a laugh as well as making money for the group

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