David Cameron's open letter to the people of Bolton

Prime Minister David Cameron with reporter Elaine O’Flynn and editor Ian Savage during his visit to The Bolton News

Prime Minister David Cameron with reporter Elaine O’Flynn and editor Ian Savage during his visit to The Bolton News

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IN December last year, Prime Minister David Cameron visited our offices and spoke with our political reporter Elaine O’Flynn about the issues surrounding Bolton’s trains. Here, Mr Cameron writes exclusively in The Bolton News about the decision to restore peak time carriages to our town’s over crowded rail service.

“A GROWING economy means more good jobs — but to make the most of them, people need great transport too.

"If the trains are packed, it’s vital we invest in better services.

"As part of our long-term economic plan to help Britain succeed, that’s exactly what the government is doing across the north west, with a big scheme that will soon see longer, quicker electric trains in place of today’s crowded diesel units on many routes.

"Bolton is one of the places that will benefit from this, which is why when I was in the town just before Christmas I was concerned to find out that while the work is happening, the current service is sometimes far too crowded, especially on trains that get people to work in the morning.

"That has got to be sorted out and I’ve asked ministers to act.

"Of course, when you get the builders in to improve things for the future, there’s bound to be some disruption.

"But I’m pleased to say that having listened to views in Bolton, we’re making sure that before the end of the year we will lengthen trains where it is possible — which means 200 extra seats on those key morning commuter trains.

"We can do it because in December, the first electric trains ever will start running on the line between Manchester and Liverpool, freeing up spare carriages for routes like Bolton.

"And of course that’s just the start, with work on course to make the Bolton line fully electric by 2016.

"This will be good for jobs, good for businesses and good for Bolton.”

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9:48am Wed 2 Apr 14

BWFC71 says...

So why take 9 diesel units off First TPE which are CLEARLY required for the North and send them down south - a deal that was done between the Government/DfT and Chiltern Railways in October last year and First TPE were not advised until February this year (after promising that First could keep the diesel units)!!!! ?
So why take 9 diesel units off First TPE which are CLEARLY required for the North and send them down south - a deal that was done between the Government/DfT and Chiltern Railways in October last year and First TPE were not advised until February this year (after promising that First could keep the diesel units)!!!! ? BWFC71
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6:15pm Wed 2 Apr 14

adatherton says...

How can central government lengthen trains. That's a decision made by the rail companies surely?
How can central government lengthen trains. That's a decision made by the rail companies surely? adatherton
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6:45pm Wed 2 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

adatherton wrote:
How can central government lengthen trains. That's a decision made by the rail companies surely?
Central Governmennt, via the DfT and ROSCO's actually lease the rolling stock to the TOC's and actually advise on whether they can have more or not. Plus it is also down to the DfT/Government, Network Rail, ORR and the train companies to say which services these actual carriages will be put on!
[quote][p][bold]adatherton[/bold] wrote: How can central government lengthen trains. That's a decision made by the rail companies surely?[/p][/quote]Central Governmennt, via the DfT and ROSCO's actually lease the rolling stock to the TOC's and actually advise on whether they can have more or not. Plus it is also down to the DfT/Government, Network Rail, ORR and the train companies to say which services these actual carriages will be put on! The Righteous One
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10:39am Thu 3 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Where are all these good jobs???

Oh yes Manchester.
Where are all these good jobs??? Oh yes Manchester. Jim271
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