THE Let’s Get Back On Track campaign has been a runaway success.
Hundreds of readers have been clamouring for more carriages and an end to overcrowding by contacting The Bolton News via email, phone and in person.
We have taken our petition to the streets, collecting signatures from fed-up commuters outside Bolton railway station, and even raised the issue with Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited our offices.
The Bolton News has been banned from attending a crunch meeting between the Department for Transport and Bolton’s three MPs about the issue — after train bosses said it was “a serious meeting, not a press conference”.
So it is more vital than ever that you sign our petition, so we can share your concerns and opinions with train bosses and the government and make sure the voices of Bolton’s residents are heard.
One of the signatories, Andrew Short, from Green Meadows in Westhoughton, said it was high time Bolton’s trains received more carriages.
He said: “There is not enough capacity on the trains, especially during rush hour. On most trains there isn’t even standing room, and if you are lucky enough to get on, you are crammed in like sardines.”
Sue Peacock, from Harwood, signed our petition after saying she has had panic attacks on the trains between Bolton to Manchester because of the “cattle truck” carriages.
The 46-year-old said: “I have just moved to Bolton from London where most trains are 12 carriages long and I cannot believe the state of the transport system in Manchester.
“The cost of transport and the lack of an Oyster card-type of system means that we pay more for travel by public transport yet we get a sub-standard, third world service.”
Marie Brady, aged 53, has commuted between Horwich and Manchester Piccadilly for the last 15 years.
She said: “When is this government going to give us some more rolling stock? The lack of it must be damaging to our economy and is definitely damaging to the health of those who use these cattle trucks.”