Station car park flooding angers transport chiefs
9:22am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
TRANSPORT chiefs are demanding action following flooding at a train station.
Commuters arriving at Lostock station recently found a large part of the car park covered in three inches of water.
The car park has previously been flooded, prompting staff from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to launch an investigation, which included a camera survey of the drainage system and the installation of new gullies.
But Cllr David Chadwick, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and its representative on the TfGM board, said the recent flooding meant there could still be some underlying problems.
He added: “Clearly there is a serious issue with the drainage. Having implemented the action plan we thought the previous problems had been solved once and for all.
“This gives me cause for concern and I have asked that an urgent investigation and action to be taken to resolve the flooding in the short term and ensure that we have a permanent solution. There is a danger in these circumstances where the adjacent track may have also flooded, causing more chaos on this busy commuter line.”
Northern Rail bosses have apologised to passengers who were caught up in the flooding.
A spokesman said: “Due to the heavy snowfall and subsequent rainfall on February 13, there was a large volume of surface water to deal with the following morning and this resulted in flooding. Recently we installed an additional drain on the car park but, due to the volume of water on this occasion, this is taking longer than anticipated to remove. We will continue to work hard to provide a permanent solution.”