Task force to be formed to make case for improving Bolton's rail services
A TASK force will be set up by Bolton Council to compile a report outlining why the town should have better rail services.
Councillors unanimously agreed at a meeting tonight that the economic and business reasons for Bolton having better links to Scotland, Birmingham and London should be presented to Network Rail and the government.
Following the electrification of the lines between Bolton and Preston and Bolton and Manchester in 2016, the council now want services to Scotland restored.
Cllr Stuart Haslam, who put forward the motion, said a direct service to London should also be created, made possible with an extra platform at Bolton station.
He said: “Bolton is the largest town in the UK not to have a direct service to London and we deserve not to be merely a commuter point for those travelling to Manchester.
“Our services must access other parts of the UK as well.”
Leader of the council Cllr Cliff Morris agreed and said: “We on this side are more than happy to support this motion.
“We will assemble a task group to gather a case on behalf of the town that we can present to the government.”
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