Anger over Stalybridge rail sign pointing only to Ashton

A RAIL company is at the centre of a furore over a new signpost it placed outside Stalybridge station.

The sign outside Stalybridge station

TransPennine Express came in for criticism as all the landmarks featured were out of town.

And such was the anger of residents and traders that the matter was even raised at a meeting of Stalybridge Town Council.

The sign directed people leaving the station towards Stamford Park, Tameside College, Tameside General Hospital and Ashton Sixth Form College, all out-of-town locations.

And it prompted a remark that perhaps the station ought to be renamed Ashton East.

Cllr David Sweeton, who represents Dukinfield/Stalybridge ward, tweeted: “All roads lead out of Stalybridge to…Ashton. How bizarre are these signs that have just appeared outside Stalybridge train station.

“Less than helpful to the aspirations of our town, and we certainly need answers.”

The Town Council meeting heard that the sign was part of a community involvement initiative by the rail company.

It was suggested the shopping centre, bus station, canal and civic hall could be featured on the sign.

Peter Taylor, chairman of Stalybridge Business Forum, said the sign had certainly caused controversy.

“There was a lot of negative reaction on the Stalybridge Town Facebook site,” he said.

Mr Taylor added the sign had been erected by the rail company that did not have a knowledge of the town.

“They put a sign for Stamford Park, but why not Cheetham Park, Stalybridge Library or the town centre?” he asked.

Charlie French, Transport Integration Manager for TransPennine Express, said: “There were some manufacturing issues which meant some of the directional arrows pointing towards attractions in Stalybridge were left off the sign.

“We are working with our contractors to correct this and add the outstanding arrows to the sign.”


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