More than 700 back our campaign to improve Bolton's overcrowded trains

The Bolton News: Commuters trying to get on a packed train at Bolton station last month Commuters trying to get on a packed train at Bolton station last month

MORE than 700 people have backed The Bolton News' campaign for more carriages on the town’s “cattle truck” railway services.

We are calling for railway bosses to dramatically improve Bolton’s overcrowded trains and reinstate axed peak-hour carriages.

Let’s Get Back On Track has been backed by Bolton’s MPs.

We have met with railway bosses to voice your concerns, the issue has been debated in Parliament and The Bolton News political correspondent, Elaine O’Flynn, even raised the problem with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Now, 718 people have signed our petition and shared horror stories of the battles faced by the average Bolton commuter.

Bradshaw resident Andrew Cain says he has no choice but to commute from Hall i’th’ Wood to Manchester Victoria every day, as his wife uses the family car.

The 37-year-old added: “Overcrowding, punctuality and quality of trains/carriages are an issue, but the main problem is overcrowding.

“I have seen pregnant women collapsing, passengers getting embroiled in fights due to the stress and arguments over space and queuing.

“I’ve compared it to one of those old nostalgic films set in Delhi whereby the train rolls in, arms and legs hanging out of the windows and people sat on the train roof.

“It is horrendous — without exaggeration.”

David Moy, aged 64, of Tonge Moor, travels via Bolton station every day.

He said: “I have witnessed almost violent incidents on Bolton Station, especially about 7.55am when people just cannot board the train.

“Station staff have been subject to verbal abuse. People are herded like cattle on to these trains and expected to pay for the privilege — what a joke.”

Christine Hebenton, of Darcy Lever, said improving Bolton’s railway service was vital to making sure it becomes a thriving town once more.

“The link to Manchester and other regions is vital and we should capitalise on the railway station as such an important asset”, she added.

“Apart from the economic benefits, the health and safety of commuters is of paramount importance and requires urgent attention.

“Anyone with a heart condition or any disability is seriously at risk in the crowded conditions on Bolton’s trains.”

Sign our petition – pop into our office at The Wellsprings in Victoria Square, opposite Bolton Town Hall, or sign online.

If you would be happy to have a copy of the petition in your shop, please call us on 01204 537239.

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5:59pm Fri 17 Jan 14

harvey_s says...

The only time something will be done is when there a serious incident and people lose their lives.

You'd have no change of survival the way things are.
The only time something will be done is when there a serious incident and people lose their lives. You'd have no change of survival the way things are. harvey_s

6:09pm Fri 17 Jan 14

boltonnut says...

They were the 718 in my carriage this morning, l think.
They were the 718 in my carriage this morning, l think. boltonnut

7:16pm Fri 17 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

boltonnut wrote:
They were the 718 in my carriage this morning, l think.
Even with standing passengers each coach would be at most 300 (and that would be squashed together and up against the doors)
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: They were the 718 in my carriage this morning, l think.[/p][/quote]Even with standing passengers each coach would be at most 300 (and that would be squashed together and up against the doors) BWFC71

7:20pm Fri 17 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

Since the start of the franchise contract the number of rail users just from Bolton Station, alone, has increased by 84%

Other Bolton station are:
Bromley Cross - increased by 86%
Hall I'th Wood - increased by 129%
Blackrod - increased by 146%
Horwich Parkway - increased by 170%
Westhoughton - increased by 131%
Lostock - increased by 107%
Moses Gate - increased by 70%
Farnworth - increased by 107%
Kearsley - increased by 138%
Daisy Hill - increased by 144%

But size of coaches have decreased and number of trains per hour have also decreased - therefore the question to the Government and DfT is WHY REDUCE WHEN ALL FIGURES SHOW AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF OVER 100%!!!
Since the start of the franchise contract the number of rail users just from Bolton Station, alone, has increased by 84% Other Bolton station are: Bromley Cross - increased by 86% Hall I'th Wood - increased by 129% Blackrod - increased by 146% Horwich Parkway - increased by 170% Westhoughton - increased by 131% Lostock - increased by 107% Moses Gate - increased by 70% Farnworth - increased by 107% Kearsley - increased by 138% Daisy Hill - increased by 144% But size of coaches have decreased and number of trains per hour have also decreased - therefore the question to the Government and DfT is WHY REDUCE WHEN ALL FIGURES SHOW AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF OVER 100%!!! BWFC71

2:36pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Iluminati says...

Transporting people like cattle will only get better, once an accident has happened, until then, unfortunately, nothing will. The rail transportation in this country is as bad as it gets. Compared with the rest of the EU, we're really out of our depth. We don't want any modern technology. The intended new speed rail link from London to Birmingham and Manchester will never happen, unlike in China who layed thousand of miles of new railways, combined with the most modern bullet train available, within 3 years. It would take us 10 years. That's the difference! How can one tolerate the transportation of approx. 710 passengers without any safety measures? Has responsibility gone mad?
Transporting people like cattle will only get better, once an accident has happened, until then, unfortunately, nothing will. The rail transportation in this country is as bad as it gets. Compared with the rest of the EU, we're really out of our depth. We don't want any modern technology. The intended new speed rail link from London to Birmingham and Manchester will never happen, unlike in China who layed thousand of miles of new railways, combined with the most modern bullet train available, within 3 years. It would take us 10 years. That's the difference! How can one tolerate the transportation of approx. 710 passengers without any safety measures? Has responsibility gone mad? Iluminati

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