Let's Get Back on Track: Commuters back our campaign to reinstate axed train services

The Bolton News: Reporter Liam Thorp at Bolton train station Reporter Liam Thorp at Bolton train station

BOLTON’S struggling commuters have pledged their support to The Bolton News’ Let’s Get Back on Track campaign as we urge train bosses to reconsider their decision to reduce services and axe peak time carriages in Bolton.

We spoke to commuters heading in and out of Bolton train station during the morning rush hour, many of whom were keen to sign our petition as they brace themselves for tougher journeys from next week.

First TransPennine Exp-ress (FTPE) has announced that from Sunday onwards, there will be one fewer service travelling through Bolton every hour and that a busy morning commuter train will have its carriages reduced from six to three.

The changes come as FTPE look to take advantage of the newly electrified line by directing trains on the Manchester to Scotland line via Wigan instead of Bolton.

The company said: “To take advantage of the newly electrified railway, the majority of services operating between Manchester, Cumbria and Scotland will be re-routed and will cease to call at Bolton and Chorley. That means if you do travel from Bolton or Chorley we advise you to check your train times before you set off.”

Commuter Gail Blackburn said she is worried about becoming a “figure of hate” when she tries to take her bike on the reduced service.

She said: “I regularly use the service from Blackrod station to Salford Crescent, taking my bike with me as I've got a couple of miles to travel at each end. It's already uncomfortable but I think that I am going to be hated in the coming months with my trusty steed — what to do, though? I have to get to work just like anyone else.”

Rail user Mark Thornley said he has “too many hellish train experiences to contemplate”, adding: “Tod-ay I had to miss two trains and on the one I got on I was so jammed in that to even try and lower my arms beneath my waist may have resulted in charges being pressed.”

When Kevin Richardson, from Warrington, saw our petition he wanted to sign it immediately, adding: “It is already really bad, so yes I will support the campaign.”

Yesterday, Bolton’s three MP’s, Julie Hilling, Yasmin Qureshi and David Crausby, all gave our campaign their full backing, along with Bolton’s political leaders.

To support our Let’s Get Back On Track campaign, simply sign the petition which is in our town centre office.

Alternatively, you can download your own petition (Let's Get Back on Track petition.pdf) and collect signatures, or you can sign online.

Return petitions to Let’s Get Back On Track, Editorial Department, The Bolton News, The Wellsprings, Civic Centre, Bolton, BL1 1AR.

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1:41pm Sun 8 Dec 13

thealexweb says...

As I've said on previous articles. In addition to signing the campaign please do the following whenever you feel you've been hard done by.

Voice your complaints to station / train staff and demand a refund form from the booking office at your final destination. Most complaints result in compensation.

'Tweet' your complaints to @TPEassist @northernrailorg @OfficialTfGM and @NetworkRailNH. In addition write on Transpennine's facebook page.

Email the following organisations in addition to your local councillor, MP and MEP (To find out who your elected representatives are visit http://www.theyworkf
oryou.com).

tpecustomer.relation
s@firstgroup.com

customer.relations@n
orthernrail.org

customer.relations@t
fgm.com

rail@dft.gsi.gov.uk
As I've said on previous articles. In addition to signing the campaign please do the following whenever you feel you've been hard done by. Voice your complaints to station / train staff and demand a refund form from the booking office at your final destination. Most complaints result in compensation. 'Tweet' your complaints to @TPEassist @northernrailorg @OfficialTfGM and @NetworkRailNH. In addition write on Transpennine's facebook page. Email the following organisations in addition to your local councillor, MP and MEP (To find out who your elected representatives are visit http://www.theyworkf oryou.com). tpecustomer.relation s@firstgroup.com customer.relations@n orthernrail.org customer.relations@t fgm.com rail@dft.gsi.gov.uk thealexweb

3:41pm Sun 8 Dec 13

BWFC71 says...

thealexweb wrote:
As I've said on previous articles. In addition to signing the campaign please do the following whenever you feel you've been hard done by.

Voice your complaints to station / train staff and demand a refund form from the booking office at your final destination. Most complaints result in compensation.

'Tweet' your complaints to @TPEassist @northernrailorg @OfficialTfGM and @NetworkRailNH. In addition write on Transpennine's facebook page.

Email the following organisations in addition to your local councillor, MP and MEP (To find out who your elected representatives are visit http://www.theyworkf

oryou.com).

tpecustomer.relation

s@firstgroup.com

customer.relations@n

orthernrail.org

customer.relations@t

fgm.com

rail@dft.gsi.gov.uk
Lets not also forget that you can also write on the Northern rail Facebook page

https://www.facebook
.com/northernrailorg
?fref=ts

And complain to the department that has allowed this to happen - The Department for Transport.

https://forms.dft.go
v.uk/contact-dft-and
-agencies/

Or direct to the politicians in that department being:

Secretary of State for Transport - Patrick McLoughlin
Secretary of State for Transport - Baroness Kramer
[quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: As I've said on previous articles. In addition to signing the campaign please do the following whenever you feel you've been hard done by. Voice your complaints to station / train staff and demand a refund form from the booking office at your final destination. Most complaints result in compensation. 'Tweet' your complaints to @TPEassist @northernrailorg @OfficialTfGM and @NetworkRailNH. In addition write on Transpennine's facebook page. Email the following organisations in addition to your local councillor, MP and MEP (To find out who your elected representatives are visit http://www.theyworkf oryou.com). tpecustomer.relation s@firstgroup.com customer.relations@n orthernrail.org customer.relations@t fgm.com rail@dft.gsi.gov.uk[/p][/quote]Lets not also forget that you can also write on the Northern rail Facebook page https://www.facebook .com/northernrailorg ?fref=ts And complain to the department that has allowed this to happen - The Department for Transport. https://forms.dft.go v.uk/contact-dft-and -agencies/ Or direct to the politicians in that department being: Secretary of State for Transport - Patrick McLoughlin Secretary of State for Transport - Baroness Kramer BWFC71

6:08pm Sun 8 Dec 13

BWFC71 says...

The biggest farce iss that it is First Group who are the culprits.

Since First Group took over GM Buses North they have decimated bus services in Bolton - so much so that if a bus route is not a main-road bus rout (i.e. doesn't go into estates) then the estate services are primarily hourly and have to be subsidised by the TfGM. And now First Group is doing the same to the railway services through Bolton.

First Group will not be happy until they have destroyed this town of ours!!!
The biggest farce iss that it is First Group who are the culprits. Since First Group took over GM Buses North they have decimated bus services in Bolton - so much so that if a bus route is not a main-road bus rout (i.e. doesn't go into estates) then the estate services are primarily hourly and have to be subsidised by the TfGM. And now First Group is doing the same to the railway services through Bolton. First Group will not be happy until they have destroyed this town of ours!!! BWFC71

8:26pm Sun 8 Dec 13

thealexweb says...

BWFC71 wrote:
thealexweb wrote:
As I've said on previous articles. In addition to signing the campaign please do the following whenever you feel you've been hard done by.

Voice your complaints to station / train staff and demand a refund form from the booking office at your final destination. Most complaints result in compensation.

'Tweet' your complaints to @TPEassist @northernrailorg @OfficialTfGM and @NetworkRailNH. In addition write on Transpennine's facebook page.

Email the following organisations in addition to your local councillor, MP and MEP (To find out who your elected representatives are visit http://www.theyworkf


oryou.com).

tpecustomer.relation


s@firstgroup.com

customer.relations@n


orthernrail.org

customer.relations@t


fgm.com

rail@dft.gsi.gov.uk
Lets not also forget that you can also write on the Northern rail Facebook page

https://www.facebook

.com/northernrailorg

?fref=ts

And complain to the department that has allowed this to happen - The Department for Transport.

https://forms.dft.go

v.uk/contact-dft-and

-agencies/

Or direct to the politicians in that department being:

Secretary of State for Transport - Patrick McLoughlin
Secretary of State for Transport - Baroness Kramer
Northern Rail have disabled user posts on their facebook page but you can still comment on their official posts.
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: As I've said on previous articles. In addition to signing the campaign please do the following whenever you feel you've been hard done by. Voice your complaints to station / train staff and demand a refund form from the booking office at your final destination. Most complaints result in compensation. 'Tweet' your complaints to @TPEassist @northernrailorg @OfficialTfGM and @NetworkRailNH. In addition write on Transpennine's facebook page. Email the following organisations in addition to your local councillor, MP and MEP (To find out who your elected representatives are visit http://www.theyworkf oryou.com). tpecustomer.relation s@firstgroup.com customer.relations@n orthernrail.org customer.relations@t fgm.com rail@dft.gsi.gov.uk[/p][/quote]Lets not also forget that you can also write on the Northern rail Facebook page https://www.facebook .com/northernrailorg ?fref=ts And complain to the department that has allowed this to happen - The Department for Transport. https://forms.dft.go v.uk/contact-dft-and -agencies/ Or direct to the politicians in that department being: Secretary of State for Transport - Patrick McLoughlin Secretary of State for Transport - Baroness Kramer[/p][/quote]Northern Rail have disabled user posts on their facebook page but you can still comment on their official posts. thealexweb

8:33pm Sun 8 Dec 13

BWFC71 says...

thealexweb wrote:
BWFC71 wrote:
thealexweb wrote:
As I've said on previous articles. In addition to signing the campaign please do the following whenever you feel you've been hard done by.

Voice your complaints to station / train staff and demand a refund form from the booking office at your final destination. Most complaints result in compensation.

'Tweet' your complaints to @TPEassist @northernrailorg @OfficialTfGM and @NetworkRailNH. In addition write on Transpennine's facebook page.

Email the following organisations in addition to your local councillor, MP and MEP (To find out who your elected representatives are visit http://www.theyworkf



oryou.com).

tpecustomer.relation



s@firstgroup.com

customer.relations@n



orthernrail.org

customer.relations@t



fgm.com

rail@dft.gsi.gov.uk
Lets not also forget that you can also write on the Northern rail Facebook page

https://www.facebook


.com/northernrailorg


?fref=ts

And complain to the department that has allowed this to happen - The Department for Transport.

https://forms.dft.go


v.uk/contact-dft-and


-agencies/

Or direct to the politicians in that department being:

Secretary of State for Transport - Patrick McLoughlin
Secretary of State for Transport - Baroness Kramer
Northern Rail have disabled user posts on their facebook page but you can still comment on their official posts.
Which is what I have been doing- basically spammed their facebook page but it does get the message across and they do respond to the majority!
[quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: As I've said on previous articles. In addition to signing the campaign please do the following whenever you feel you've been hard done by. Voice your complaints to station / train staff and demand a refund form from the booking office at your final destination. Most complaints result in compensation. 'Tweet' your complaints to @TPEassist @northernrailorg @OfficialTfGM and @NetworkRailNH. In addition write on Transpennine's facebook page. Email the following organisations in addition to your local councillor, MP and MEP (To find out who your elected representatives are visit http://www.theyworkf oryou.com). tpecustomer.relation s@firstgroup.com customer.relations@n orthernrail.org customer.relations@t fgm.com rail@dft.gsi.gov.uk[/p][/quote]Lets not also forget that you can also write on the Northern rail Facebook page https://www.facebook .com/northernrailorg ?fref=ts And complain to the department that has allowed this to happen - The Department for Transport. https://forms.dft.go v.uk/contact-dft-and -agencies/ Or direct to the politicians in that department being: Secretary of State for Transport - Patrick McLoughlin Secretary of State for Transport - Baroness Kramer[/p][/quote]Northern Rail have disabled user posts on their facebook page but you can still comment on their official posts.[/p][/quote]Which is what I have been doing- basically spammed their facebook page but it does get the message across and they do respond to the majority! BWFC71

8:50am Mon 9 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

Firstofficial working day of the new timetable.....

0755 too full to believe, yet again!!!!
0759 late, as usual, by 5 minutes into Bolton and 13 minutes into Kearsley and 8 minutes into Salford Central!
0808 only 3 carriages instread opf 6 and human jam must be popular as that is what it was!!!!

No extra staff - in fcat less staff than normal and no reporters from BBC or even the BN to se the first day!!!
Firstofficial working day of the new timetable..... 0755 too full to believe, yet again!!!! 0759 late, as usual, by 5 minutes into Bolton and 13 minutes into Kearsley and 8 minutes into Salford Central! 0808 only 3 carriages instread opf 6 and human jam must be popular as that is what it was!!!! No extra staff - in fcat less staff than normal and no reporters from BBC or even the BN to se the first day!!! The Righteous One

9:57am Mon 9 Dec 13

Julian Thorpe says...

The Righteous One wrote:
Firstofficial working day of the new timetable.....

0755 too full to believe, yet again!!!!
0759 late, as usual, by 5 minutes into Bolton and 13 minutes into Kearsley and 8 minutes into Salford Central!
0808 only 3 carriages instread opf 6 and human jam must be popular as that is what it was!!!!

No extra staff - in fcat less staff than normal and no reporters from BBC or even the BN to se the first day!!!
Funny you should say that:

http://www.thebolton
news.co.uk/news/1086
4008.Commuters_cram_
onto_reduced_Bolton_
train/?ref=var_0
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: Firstofficial working day of the new timetable..... 0755 too full to believe, yet again!!!! 0759 late, as usual, by 5 minutes into Bolton and 13 minutes into Kearsley and 8 minutes into Salford Central! 0808 only 3 carriages instread opf 6 and human jam must be popular as that is what it was!!!! No extra staff - in fcat less staff than normal and no reporters from BBC or even the BN to se the first day!!![/p][/quote]Funny you should say that: http://www.thebolton news.co.uk/news/1086 4008.Commuters_cram_ onto_reduced_Bolton_ train/?ref=var_0 Julian Thorpe

10:14am Mon 9 Dec 13

Ivor T. Engine says...

Can I suggest that the BN publishes the rail regulations for transporting livestock?
r
Rail companies would face heavy penalties if they carried animals in the same cramped conditions they carry passengers..
Can I suggest that the BN publishes the rail regulations for transporting livestock? r Rail companies would face heavy penalties if they carried animals in the same cramped conditions they carry passengers.. Ivor T. Engine

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