FoRSS is a group of people of all walks of life who have been campaigning now for 10 years (TEN) for a proper passenger service along the line from Stockport to Manchester Victoria. This could be point to point services or services through these stations such as to Bolton, Wigan, Southport etc etc or to Hazel Grove or Buxton in the other direction. Our Chairman is a Councillor on Stockport MBC and we have many other Cllrs and our local MP Andrew Gwynne who have all been supporters and members from the start 10 yrs ago. We work in conjunction with the Friends of Denton Station (FoDS) just down the line, and they too have their local Council Tameside MBC as well. Over the years we have attended countless events and done many surveys to enhance our campaign and in particular Andrew Gwynne MP has done so much work on our behalf, even asking many questions in the House of Commons to the various Ministers of Transport over the years.
To cut a very long story short , we believe that we are nearly there , especially because we now have a superb new Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham who is an expert and supporter of Public Transport, especially of new services of all sorts, supporting our campaign, and if he can do any practical work for us it can only bring success. We are of course hoping that Andy Burnham can join Andrew Gwynne in the forthcoming important meetings with TfGM, Arriva North and Network Rail. Of course this site will bring any news from those meetings being organised by our MP.
Interestingly from this shot looking towards Stockport , you can see that the station featured a booking office and 4 platforms although the two on the left were very rarely used. The DMU on the photo is using the now filled in platform and the wall on the extreme right now features our fantastic mural. The passenger service shown was between Stockport and Stalybridge , but of course we want to see a service to Manchester Victoria via Denton Junction which this DMU will pass just beyond Denton Station, the next stop. Nowadays Reddish South boasts just one bi-directional platform but is not used yet until we get our much needed services