Bolton politicians visit Yorkshire tunnel ahead of Farnworth electrification

Cllr David Chadwick, Julie Hilling MP and Bethan Dale from Network Rail’s projects team

Cllr David Chadwick, Julie Hilling MP and Bethan Dale from Network Rail’s projects team

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

THIS could be the scheme that helps get Bolton back on track.

Julie Hilling, MP for Bolton West has met engineering bosses who are widening a rail tunnel in Yorkshire.

The same method will be used on tunnels in Farnworth when Bolton’s railways are electrified.

Ms Hilling and Cllr David Chadwick, Bolton Council’s cabinet member for transport, visited the Holme tunnel in West Yorkshire to see how train bosses are preparing to electrify the Bolton line.

They joined Network Rail and construction company AMCO for a tour of the engineering works.

Ms Hilling, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group Rail in the North, championed our Let’s Get Back on Track campaign which called for an end to our town’s “cattle-truck trains”.

But she warned that while infrastructure improvement was welcome, it would not solve overcrowding problems now.

She said: “It was great to visit Holme tunnel and see how the work is being carried out. A similar process will be used on the Farnworth Tunnels next year when work will be carried out to enlarge the tunnel to allow the line to be electrified.”

The Bolton News presented a petition to 10 Downing Street with almost 1,500 signatures calling on the government to act on overcrowded carriages.

Bolton’s three MPs — Ms Hilling, Yasmin Qureshi and David Crausby — also met Department for Transport bosses to discuss solutions.

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9:26am Sat 22 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

Ah yes, this is the work which is scheduled to be completed in time for the MAY timetable changes, but Northern Rail won't be getting any additional rolling stock to run the new Burnley-Manchester service until DECEMBER, isn't it? RE-NATIONIZE and put an end to this Tory created shambles!
Ah yes, this is the work which is scheduled to be completed in time for the MAY timetable changes, but Northern Rail won't be getting any additional rolling stock to run the new Burnley-Manchester service until DECEMBER, isn't it? RE-NATIONIZE and put an end to this Tory created shambles! Darren1951
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9:28am Sat 22 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

Hey, BWFC71 - haven't you seen this article?
Hey, BWFC71 - haven't you seen this article? Darren1951
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10:28am Sat 22 Mar 14

atlas123 says...

Darren1951 wrote:
Ah yes, this is the work which is scheduled to be completed in time for the MAY timetable changes, but Northern Rail won't be getting any additional rolling stock to run the new Burnley-Manchester service until DECEMBER, isn't it? RE-NATIONIZE and put an end to this Tory created shambles!
I think you'll find it was nu-labour who let the Northern franchise on the basis of a no-growth and thus there was no allowance for new or extra stock, despite the stock at the time being some of the poorest in the country.

It was also labour who went from the simple basic run a minimum of xx trains to xx stations, now how much money do you need in subsidy or how much will you pay us type of competition to the over complex situations we have today.
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: Ah yes, this is the work which is scheduled to be completed in time for the MAY timetable changes, but Northern Rail won't be getting any additional rolling stock to run the new Burnley-Manchester service until DECEMBER, isn't it? RE-NATIONIZE and put an end to this Tory created shambles![/p][/quote]I think you'll find it was nu-labour who let the Northern franchise on the basis of a no-growth and thus there was no allowance for new or extra stock, despite the stock at the time being some of the poorest in the country. It was also labour who went from the simple basic run a minimum of xx trains to xx stations, now how much money do you need in subsidy or how much will you pay us type of competition to the over complex situations we have today. atlas123
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10:57am Thu 27 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

Farnworth electrification? I'm sure I've seen working street lights there recently - perhaps they were gaslamps?
Farnworth electrification? I'm sure I've seen working street lights there recently - perhaps they were gaslamps? Darren1951
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8:13am Sun 30 Mar 14

By George says...

Too much talk too many visits wasting taxpayers money lets hope ukip come up with a solution , who decided to ruin Bolton transport network cars gridlocked daily not enough carriages on the trains, taxi and bus drivers going through red lights pollution buses parked up wasting fuel, all this can be seen here in Bolton no need to go elsewhere.
Too much talk too many visits wasting taxpayers money lets hope ukip come up with a solution , who decided to ruin Bolton transport network cars gridlocked daily not enough carriages on the trains, taxi and bus drivers going through red lights pollution buses parked up wasting fuel, all this can be seen here in Bolton no need to go elsewhere. By George
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