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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 June, 2005, 16:23 GMT 17:23 UK
Rail passengers face more delays
Passengers at Stockport station
Weekend services at Stockport station will be hit
Rail passengers in Greater Manchester face a second summer of disruption, Network Rail has announced.

Engineering works around Stockport will be carried out on weekends between June and September.

Network Rail said the track repairs are a follow on from work carried out in the summer of 2004.

Services will be affected to varying degrees throughout the summer. Stockport Council leader Mark Hunter has criticised the decision.

'Parallel universe'

He said that replacement bus services were not a good enough solution to an ongoing problem.

"I think the idea of putting on a bus instead is a bit of a joke," he said.

"Last time we had Network Rail in here I kept referring to the closure of Stockport station for this duration and their spokesperson said to me 'You've got it wrong, we're not closing the station, the station will remain open it's just that you can't get on or off a train'.

"This is the sort of parallel universe they seem to occupy."

During the weekends of 9, 16, 23 and 30 July and 6 August, Stockport station will be open to trains, but all routes into Manchester from the south will be closed.

During the weekends of 9, 16 and 23 July, no West Coast Main Line services will be able to run via Wilmslow and Styal, and those running via Stafford and Stoke will be extended from Macclesfield to and from Stockport.

The West Coast Mainline between Crewe and Cheadle Hulme will also be closed from 11 December 2005 until 13 March 2006 to allow new computer and signalling equipment to be installed.

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