Dale Haslam's train blog: Most train journeys could have been worse...

Dale Haslam's train blog: Most train journeys could have been worse...

Dale Haslam's train blog: Most train journeys could have been worse...

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

IT is fair to say that commuters feared the worst when six weeks of engineering works began on the track between Bolton and Chorley last Monday.

But things have not been as dire as they could have been, or as bad as most expected.

It affected me in that, because I started work earlier than normal last week, I switched to the bus, as getting the train would have meant having to get up way too early, but I shall be back on the trains this week.

Having chatted with those who have used the train and kept an eye on social media, the general reaction to the inconvenience has been that of pleasant surprise.

Okay, there is only one train an hour in each direction, but the carriages are not as packed as people predicted because the services start and finish in Chorley, rather than being full by the time they leave Preston.

Jane Simpson, aged 46, of Southport Road, Chorley, works at a Bolton hair salon and takes the train to work three days a week. She said: “It’s not been that bad. I’m quite relieved.

“The only bad thing is that, if you miss your train, you’re either stuck at the station for an hour waiting for the next one, or you have to get on a replacement coach, which goes all around the houses and takes forever.”

It was all going so well until Friday, when trains were cancelled and delayed, though it was not related to the engineering works (it was a broken-down train between Salford Crescent and Bolton).

But overall, it has so far been a job well done in very difficult circumstances during works that will eventually lead to faster journeys and quieter and greener trains.

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1:08pm Mon 28 Jul 14

BWFC21 says...

There have been 2 extra carriages added to the services I use. There were also managers on the trains in the first week I assume this was in case there were any issues and they could deal with complaints).
I have been pleasantly surprised and the journey in to work has been hassle free. In fact the train has arrived early everyday at horwich and there has been so many empty seats due tot eh extra carriages.
Problem is I may get too used to it and it will feel horrible when normal service resumes!
There have been 2 extra carriages added to the services I use. There were also managers on the trains in the first week I assume this was in case there were any issues and they could deal with complaints). I have been pleasantly surprised and the journey in to work has been hassle free. In fact the train has arrived early everyday at horwich and there has been so many empty seats due tot eh extra carriages. Problem is I may get too used to it and it will feel horrible when normal service resumes! BWFC21
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7:32pm Mon 28 Jul 14

manchester1 says...

BWFC21 wrote:
There have been 2 extra carriages added to the services I use. There were also managers on the trains in the first week I assume this was in case there were any issues and they could deal with complaints).
I have been pleasantly surprised and the journey in to work has been hassle free. In fact the train has arrived early everyday at horwich and there has been so many empty seats due tot eh extra carriages.
Problem is I may get too used to it and it will feel horrible when normal service resumes!
Its also holiday time so less people going to work
[quote][p][bold]BWFC21[/bold] wrote: There have been 2 extra carriages added to the services I use. There were also managers on the trains in the first week I assume this was in case there were any issues and they could deal with complaints). I have been pleasantly surprised and the journey in to work has been hassle free. In fact the train has arrived early everyday at horwich and there has been so many empty seats due tot eh extra carriages. Problem is I may get too used to it and it will feel horrible when normal service resumes![/p][/quote]Its also holiday time so less people going to work manchester1
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