Record investment in Bolton's trains to ease overcrowding

Record investment in Bolton's trains to ease overcrowding

Record investment in Bolton's trains to ease overcrowding

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

RAIL passengers have been promised more trains, more seats and less overcrowding as Network Rail pledged to invest £38 billion to improve services up and down the country.

The owner and operator of Britain’s train tracks today (MON) marked the start of a five-year plan, which includes a scheme to add more than 25,000 extra seats for services travelling in Manchester during the morning rush-hour.

Other plans affecting Bolton commuters include the £400 million North West electrification programme — including the £37 million to electrify the Bolton to Wigan line — a £20 million platform upgrade at Manchester Airport station and the £600 million Northern Hub project.

Rail minister Stephen Hammond MP said he was determined to make sure passengers and businesses get the services they deserve, He said: “We are putting record amounts of government funding into our railways over the next five years.

“Improved stations, massive electrification and better infrastructure will deliver quicker, cleaner and more reliable journeys for passengers and drive forward our long-term economic plans.

“In addition I will continue to push the industry to make sure they are delivering the electric trains that will make this transformation complete.”

About 146 million journeys are made in the North West every year, including around 3.3 million from Bolton train station every 12 months.

The Bolton News launched the Let’s Get Back On Track campaign, which has called for rail bosses to introduce more carriages to ease overcrowded rush hour services.

Dyan Crowther, Network Rail’s route managing director, said this was an “important and exciting” time for the railway industry.

She added: “Passenger numbers in recent years have grown far beyond predictions, so it’s vital that this investment over the next five years helps meet the increasing demand across the north west of England.

“Improved stations, more tracks and longer platforms, electric trains, reopened railway lines and fewer level crossings — all will help deliver more frequent, more comfortable, more reliable journeys and a safer railway for everyone.”

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6:48am Mon 31 Mar 14

breightmet kid says...

It will be at least five years before things improve and there will be massive disruption whilst the upgrade takes place. It is obvious that Manchester will receive the bulk of the money leaving Bolton to paddle its own canoe backwards.

Are the authorities going to make adequate provision regarding transport links with other towns whilst the railway is rebuilt? Will the roads be able to cope, will the proposed traffic management scheme on the M60 be completed in time or will we also have motorway problems?
It will be at least five years before things improve and there will be massive disruption whilst the upgrade takes place. It is obvious that Manchester will receive the bulk of the money leaving Bolton to paddle its own canoe backwards. Are the authorities going to make adequate provision regarding transport links with other towns whilst the railway is rebuilt? Will the roads be able to cope, will the proposed traffic management scheme on the M60 be completed in time or will we also have motorway problems? breightmet kid
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8:13am Mon 31 Mar 14

oftbewildered2 says...

I know the whole thing is a shambles - and that Bolton commuters will have many questions and doubts about the whole scheme and promises being made re relieving the pressure. However, I suppose we have to accept that the powers that be have to start somewhere, and that it will not happen overnight. We just have to keep up the pressure from our end to make sure they do not take their eye off the ball
I know the whole thing is a shambles - and that Bolton commuters will have many questions and doubts about the whole scheme and promises being made re relieving the pressure. However, I suppose we have to accept that the powers that be have to start somewhere, and that it will not happen overnight. We just have to keep up the pressure from our end to make sure they do not take their eye off the ball oftbewildered2
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5:18pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

breightmet kid wrote:
It will be at least five years before things improve and there will be massive disruption whilst the upgrade takes place. It is obvious that Manchester will receive the bulk of the money leaving Bolton to paddle its own canoe backwards.

Are the authorities going to make adequate provision regarding transport links with other towns whilst the railway is rebuilt? Will the roads be able to cope, will the proposed traffic management scheme on the M60 be completed in time or will we also have motorway problems?
This is what I have been saying all along since it was announced and as usual TfGM have said nothing - because they have nothing planned and let us suffer - now if we were part of Manchester itself, then it would be a different matter!!!
[quote][p][bold]breightmet kid[/bold] wrote: It will be at least five years before things improve and there will be massive disruption whilst the upgrade takes place. It is obvious that Manchester will receive the bulk of the money leaving Bolton to paddle its own canoe backwards. Are the authorities going to make adequate provision regarding transport links with other towns whilst the railway is rebuilt? Will the roads be able to cope, will the proposed traffic management scheme on the M60 be completed in time or will we also have motorway problems?[/p][/quote]This is what I have been saying all along since it was announced and as usual TfGM have said nothing - because they have nothing planned and let us suffer - now if we were part of Manchester itself, then it would be a different matter!!! BWFC71
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6:55pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
I know the whole thing is a shambles - and that Bolton commuters will have many questions and doubts about the whole scheme and promises being made re relieving the pressure. However, I suppose we have to accept that the powers that be have to start somewhere, and that it will not happen overnight. We just have to keep up the pressure from our end to make sure they do not take their eye off the ball
The fact remains (are you listening, BWFC71?) that, because of the way that our, admittedly less than perfect, railway network was privatized by a certain political party under a certain female leader, large chunks of it have been allowed to be sold off, and we are now funding shareholder dividends, directors' bonuses and, most infuriatingly of all, the state railways of other EU countries. I haven't had time to study the figures in this report in any detail, but a swift glance suggests that none of it is "new" money, and that this is nothing more than typical Tory spin and window dressing.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: I know the whole thing is a shambles - and that Bolton commuters will have many questions and doubts about the whole scheme and promises being made re relieving the pressure. However, I suppose we have to accept that the powers that be have to start somewhere, and that it will not happen overnight. We just have to keep up the pressure from our end to make sure they do not take their eye off the ball[/p][/quote]The fact remains (are you listening, BWFC71?) that, because of the way that our, admittedly less than perfect, railway network was privatized by a certain political party under a certain female leader, large chunks of it have been allowed to be sold off, and we are now funding shareholder dividends, directors' bonuses and, most infuriatingly of all, the state railways of other EU countries. I haven't had time to study the figures in this report in any detail, but a swift glance suggests that none of it is "new" money, and that this is nothing more than typical Tory spin and window dressing. Darren1951
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7:20pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

Darren1951 wrote:
oftbewildered2 wrote:
I know the whole thing is a shambles - and that Bolton commuters will have many questions and doubts about the whole scheme and promises being made re relieving the pressure. However, I suppose we have to accept that the powers that be have to start somewhere, and that it will not happen overnight. We just have to keep up the pressure from our end to make sure they do not take their eye off the ball
The fact remains (are you listening, BWFC71?) that, because of the way that our, admittedly less than perfect, railway network was privatized by a certain political party under a certain female leader, large chunks of it have been allowed to be sold off, and we are now funding shareholder dividends, directors' bonuses and, most infuriatingly of all, the state railways of other EU countries. I haven't had time to study the figures in this report in any detail, but a swift glance suggests that none of it is "new" money, and that this is nothing more than typical Tory spin and window dressing.
Margaret Thatcher DID NOT privatise the railways!!

It was John Major's Government that privatised the railways!!

But if you had been reading everything I had posted over the last 18 months all you are doing is just repeating what I have been saying! So it is nothing new.

But lets put it this way. Abellio is the trading name of Nederlands Spoorwegen in the UK. NS is a private company which is 85% owned by the Dutch Government and 15% by the people (corporates, pensions plans, etc are NOT allowed to on any of the company). Also any money made in the UK is not allowed to be used on the Dutch railway system, under the NS contract to their Government (you have to know that the Dutch railway are also privatised and NS only operates a franchise just like Northern Rail does). Pro Rail which is a private company does all the infrastructure such as tracks and stations and signals in The Netherlands, whilst Arriva, Transdev, DB and couple of other companies also operate francihses in The Netherlands!!!

Network Rail is a not-for-profit BRITISH organisation and is 100% British owned and has no shareholders.

ORR is a Government Quango.

In fact 70% of the "franchise" Train Operating Companies are BRITISH owned.

100% of the train leasing companies are BRITISH owned in fact the biggest train leasing company if Angel Trains which is owned by RBS and as such 87% owned by the British Government!!!!

Therefore before spouting allegations like that, it is better to do some research and comment correctly.

And lets not forget that the not-for-profit Network Rail replaced the private company Railtrack!!!
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: I know the whole thing is a shambles - and that Bolton commuters will have many questions and doubts about the whole scheme and promises being made re relieving the pressure. However, I suppose we have to accept that the powers that be have to start somewhere, and that it will not happen overnight. We just have to keep up the pressure from our end to make sure they do not take their eye off the ball[/p][/quote]The fact remains (are you listening, BWFC71?) that, because of the way that our, admittedly less than perfect, railway network was privatized by a certain political party under a certain female leader, large chunks of it have been allowed to be sold off, and we are now funding shareholder dividends, directors' bonuses and, most infuriatingly of all, the state railways of other EU countries. I haven't had time to study the figures in this report in any detail, but a swift glance suggests that none of it is "new" money, and that this is nothing more than typical Tory spin and window dressing.[/p][/quote]Margaret Thatcher DID NOT privatise the railways!! It was John Major's Government that privatised the railways!! But if you had been reading everything I had posted over the last 18 months all you are doing is just repeating what I have been saying! So it is nothing new. But lets put it this way. Abellio is the trading name of Nederlands Spoorwegen in the UK. NS is a private company which is 85% owned by the Dutch Government and 15% by the people (corporates, pensions plans, etc are NOT allowed to on any of the company). Also any money made in the UK is not allowed to be used on the Dutch railway system, under the NS contract to their Government (you have to know that the Dutch railway are also privatised and NS only operates a franchise just like Northern Rail does). Pro Rail which is a private company does all the infrastructure such as tracks and stations and signals in The Netherlands, whilst Arriva, Transdev, DB and couple of other companies also operate francihses in The Netherlands!!! Network Rail is a not-for-profit BRITISH organisation and is 100% British owned and has no shareholders. ORR is a Government Quango. In fact 70% of the "franchise" Train Operating Companies are BRITISH owned. 100% of the train leasing companies are BRITISH owned in fact the biggest train leasing company if Angel Trains which is owned by RBS and as such 87% owned by the British Government!!!! Therefore before spouting allegations like that, it is better to do some research and comment correctly. And lets not forget that the not-for-profit Network Rail replaced the private company Railtrack!!! BWFC71
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11:47pm Mon 31 Mar 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

Believe it when I see it!
Believe it when I see it! steverock6@sky.com
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