I WANTED to write to express my thanks to the rail customers of Huddersfield for their patience and understanding over the past two weeks.

We have been working in conjunction with Network Rail and Northern Rail to modernise and improve the railway that links the East and West of the Pennines.

The £20m investment in and around Stalybridge will pave the way for a more reliable and better performing railway.

From May 2014, FTPE (First TransPennine Express) will be providing faster journeys and more seats as we look to introduce five trains an hour between Manchester, Huddersfield and Leeds.

The works were necessary to facilitate these future improvements however I do appreciate that customers’ journeys will have been disrupted.

Our normal timetable is back in operation, although it is worth noting that further work at Stalybridge will continue primarily on a Sunday, until early December when I expect all the infrastructure and station improvements to be complete.

We worked extremely hard to ensure the right alternatives were in place and a high level of information was available. I am confident therefore that we did all we could to minimise customer inconvenience.

I would therefore welcome any feedback that customers would like to provide and would encourage correspondence to Stalybridge Improvement Project, ADMAIL 3878, FREEPOST, Manchester ,M1 9YB.

Chris Nutton

FTPE Programme Director

Appropriate response

BEING now over 60 years of age, I have had the responsibility of voting in elections for over 40 years.

I have always done so, even when the quality of the available candidates seemed to be poor.

I have always voted because an integral part of any election is the opportunity to read the material which candidates send out, even if it is of a standard which makes one despair for the health of the democratic process.

I even play a role as a citizen by being a member of a political party. Whilst that might be a rarity these days it seems to me to be important to democracy that people come together to campaign on issues.

But the Police Commissioner Election is beyond me – a cynical exercise in ‘democracy’ in which there is no free flow of information or informed discussion.

Indeed, it is hard to see any real purpose given that it is difficult to identify what powers the Commissioner can actually exercise.

I am still going to vote – and would urge everybody not to ignore this election – but will do so in order to spoil the Ballot Paper.

That, it seems to me, is the appropriate democratic response to a non democratic exercise.

'David Hargreaves


Questionable election

WEST Yorkshire candidates, one Conservative; one Labour; one Lib-Dem; one Independent who reveals few credentials about his background.

Who chose the candidates? What was the criteria used in the selection process?

Why were politically allianced candidates allowed to stand when this office, above everything, should be non-political?

How can a made-up job, salary £100,000 per annum be justified, when the police are being forced to reduce their numbers at an alarming rate?

The election results for Police Commissioner will have a far reaching impact on our society – not only on the lives of the people within the community but also on the lives of those within the police force – yet the publicity is minimal.

Research on the candidates has to be done by the voters themselves via the internet, telephone or post because so little is open information.

The whole process gives one a deep sense of disquiet and mistrust. For the first time in my life, I am uneasy about voting and indeed, doubt whether I should. I do not wish to condone this questionable election.

Name and address supplied

Right for the job

WE ARE being exhorted to vote on November 15 to elect someone who will speak on our behalf and voice our concerns in regard to criminality and the like.

I am not sure exactly who came to my home to explain/ask my opinion but simply posted a flier through my letterbox and told me to vote.

Who was this someone? Why another jobsworth with as much knowledge of the ordinary man/woman in the streets views on crime etc as I have in relation to quantum physics, ergo, zero.

A true representative for the post of Police Commissioner would be the aforementioned individuals such as a neighbour, family member or anyone else who, like me is heartily sick of being told what to do by faceless people who seem to think we are incapable of such a task.

Fred Tidball


No night-time working

IN RESPONSE to Mr Lock in Saturday’s Examiner, while concurring with his sentiments about motorway repairs, I do not think utilising the night-time hours to do such major work would go down well on a road such as Bradley Road, which is residential for the whole of its length!

Many of the properties will be lived in by children or older people, as well as those who work, and need to get some sleep at night.

Cath Harris

Labour Councillor for Ashbrow Ward

More YMCA concerns

I AGREE wholeheartedly with J Bates’ opinion of the YMCA firework display on Saturday (Examiner Mailbag, November 6).

The long-awaited, short-lived display hardly reflected the amount of cash which must have been taken at the gate, but more seriously, the whole affair was, in my view, unsafe.

There was, in addition to a fack of lighting, no evidence of stewarding on the field. At one point, a live sparkler was thrown across the crowd.

At another, a group of youths looked as if they were going to start a fight amongst themselves. It didn’t happen, fortunately, but there was nobody on hand to intercept or quell any such potential trouble, and the fall-out of such an event would have been injurious to the surrounding spectators.

Finally, the general rush to the narrow exit was positively dangerous, and again, no stewards appeared to be on hand to channel the crowd safely.

I would strongly discourage anybody from attending such a slapdash affair in future.

Alan Starr


Charity success

A CONCERT was held in the Church Hall in Meltham on Saturday, October 27 in aid of Meningitis Research.

The Tame Valley Stompers played a wonderful program of traditional jazz from the 20s to the 60s spanning the music of Kid Ory, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, and so on to a packed audience which ended in a standing ovation.

At the end of a very successful night, the sum of £835 was raised for the charity.

A huge thanks to all who attended.

Ros Wimpenny


Governors’ view please

IT WAS refreshing to read the robust defence of Scissett Middle School by its chair of governors, Sue Lord (Mailbag, November 6).

But where on earth are the Shelley High School governors in the debate? So far one has the impression that the proposals are entirely Mr McNally’s.

Do the governors feel no responsibility to set out their own position, or address the many issues that have now been raised?

David Griffiths