Andy Burnham visits Greenfield station to pledge support for service improvements

Date published: 15 April 2021


Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham visited Greenfield Station this week to add his weight to calls for disabled access and a service every thirty minutes.

Meeting with Oldham Council leader, Cllr Sean Fielding, and local Labour candidates, the Mayor restated his ambition to take control of our trains and train stations, to create a seamless transport network by 2030.

Mr Burnham said: "Residents of Saddleworth have waited far too long for the Government to deliver disabled access at Greenfield station – it’s the minimum we should expect.

"If re-elected I’ll be the voice for residents, I have set a deadline of 2025 for Network Rail to make these stations fully accessible and if they don’t then we will demand local control so we can get on and bring services and stations up to standard.”

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, said: "I’m delighted that my campaign to improve disabled access at Greenfield Station is now bearing fruit. Twenty five years on from the Disability Discrimination Act, I’m grateful to Andy for committing to support action to achieve this basic right for disabled people.

"Greenfield station is a vital link for local communities, and disabled access combined with a more frequent service could be transformational."

The Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.  The full list of candidates is as follows:

  • Nick Buckley, Reform UK
  • Andy Burnham, Labour
  • Laura Evans, Conservative
  • Marcus Farmer, Independent
  • Melanie Horrocks, Green
  • Simon Lepori, Liberal Democrats
  • Alec Marvel, Independent
  • Stephen Morris, English Democrats
  • David Sutcliffe, Independent

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