Area: Greater Manchester
A group of volunteers formed to improve Reddish South Station and campaign for a reinstated passenger service. This would create 'The East Manchester Corridor' linking Manchester Victoria to Stockport. We feel our line would enhance the proposed Northern Hub because our line is the only one that allows trains to travel from the South of Manchester to Victoria Station (Manchester). We currently have one 'Ghost Train' a week which travels from Stockport to Stalybridge (stopping at Reddish South Station and Denton) on Friday mornings.
The group meets every two to three months (more regularly when important decisions are due).
March 2018: FORSS met with Metro-Mayor Andy Burnham in January. Find out more in the newsletter.
November 2017: We have had an eventful 10th anniversary year and a really memorable one; many thanks to all of you for making it so special! Here is our latest newslettter.
March 2017: Here is a list of enticing rail events taking place this spring and summer in the area, including the annual Good Friday Folk Train to Stalybridge.
September 2016: It's that time of year again for the Macmillan 'Biggest Coffee Morning in the World' event taking place nationwide. Our contribution is on 30 September on Reddish South Station Platform, 10am-12 noon. Please join us if you can - if you can't any contributions to the charity are welcome.
September 2016: This summer the Flying Scotsman paid a flying visit to Reddish South, and members of FORSS became national TV stars! Find out much more in the group's summer newsletter.
May 2016: Here is the spring newsletter from Friends of Reddish South Station.
May 2016: Watch Paul Merton's Secret Stations on Sundays on Channel 4 at 8pm and you might spot the Friends of Reddish South Station! Or find out more in this Radio Times article: "In Paul Merton’s Secret Stations, he visits Reddish South, a station in Stockport where only one train stops a week and only in one direction. “It’s cheaper for the company to run this train than to have to close a line because that involves a parliamentary procedure. So there’s a group of aficionados who use this train every week just so the company can’t say: ‘Oh, nobody gets on at this station.’ ”
November 2015: Some of the Friends of Reddish South Station have been filming with Paul Merton for a new TV series. Find out about this and much more in the November newsletter.
September 2015: FORSS is taking part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Where? Reddish South Station platform, Reddish Road, next to Morrisons
When? Friday 25 September 2015, 10am - 12 noon
Please come along - cake donations welcome!
August 2015: The Friends of Reddish South Station ran a competition for local schools to design posters with the theme: 'Welcome to Reddish'. The six winning posters will be diplayed permanently on the station platform. In July the posters were unveiled by Andrew Gwynne MP and new Mayor Andy Verdeille. Find out more and see the poster designs in FORSS's latest newsletter.
July 2015: The latest newsletter from the Friends of Reddish South Station includes a report on the Good Friday Folk Train and much more.
April 2015: The Department for Transport has replied to our letter about the Invitation To Tender for the Northern Rail franchise; read the response here.
The Invitation To Tender for the Northern Rail franchise has been published. Find out what it means for the Friends of Reddish South Station in this special newsletter.
The posters designed by pupils from five of our local schools - some of which will be displayed at the station - are currently on exhibition, until 8th May, at Arts for Recovery in the Community (ARC) on Greg Street in Reddish (see right). These are the result of a competition by the Friends of Reddish South Station with the theme of 'Welcome to Reddish'. Please get along to see them if you can!
December 2014: The Friends of Reddish South Station have been very busy representing the campaign in the franchise bidding process. Find out more in the group's latest newsletter. Merry Christmas all!
October 2014: We've gained support from an influential source. Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce's response to the Northern franchise consultation supports the reopening of the rail line from Stockport to Manchester Victoria via Reddish South and Denton stations. Find out more in FORSS's latest newsletter.
FORSS invite you aboard the 'Ghost Folk Train' on Hallowe'en, Friday 31 October 2014. Find out more.
September 2014: We would be delighted if you could attend our coffee morning for a very good cause - Macmillan Cancer Support. 10am - 12 noon on Reddish South station platform, 26 September 2014.
August 2014: You can read FORSS's summer newsletter here.
July 2014: The Friends of Reddish South Station have sent this letter and this report to the DfT consultation for the Northern Franchise. They are calling for extended services from Manchester Victoria to Stockport calling at Denton and Reddish South, using, they suggest, displaced rolling stock caused by recent public investment in the Ordsall Chord part of the Northern Hub package and creating an essential new passenger route and revenue source. They've also made a video!
May 2014: In our spring newsletter, find out what happened when we met author of Tiny Stations Dixie Wills, read about the Good Friday Folk Train and much more.
April 2014: Our 'Ghost Train' has been mentioned in a new book by journalist Dixie Wills - find out more in this article.
Spring 2014: The latest newsletter reports on the campaign to re-establish a railway passenger service from Stockport to Manchester Victoria station, and some upcoming special events.
Autumn 2013: Find out about recent news and events in Friends of Reddish South Station's Autumn newsletter.
Summer 2013: The latest newsletter is a 'Station Project Special' - find out about the recent makeover of the station in words and pictures.