Prime minister's pledge on more train seats in Bolton welcomed

Prime minister's pledge on more train seats in Bolton welcomed

Prime minister's pledge on more train seats in Bolton welcomed

First published in News

COUNCILLORS have welcomed prime minister David Cameron’s pledge to put 200 extra seats on Bolton’s overcrowded rush-hour trains.

Members unanimously backed Cllr John Walsh’s motion to welcome the news, announced in The Bolton News’ following our ‘Let’s Get Back On Track’ campaign.

Cllr Walsh said he hoped the announcement to put more carriages on the morning trains from December 2014 will ease some of the pressure on commuters, who faced cramped, ‘cattle truck’ carriages in the mornings.

He added: “This is a positive step forward.

“Now, we need to see these extra seats are delivered, and we will stand up to be counted. I hope that it is progress and it does take us forward.”

But Cllr David Chadwick, the council’s lead on transport issues, said the town’s three MPs need to be recognised for their role in campaigning for the extra seats — which will come on carriages that are 27 years old.

He added: “What Cllr Walsh should be saying to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State is what is really needed is coherent medium to long term plans for the rail industry.

“Two hundred seats is equivalent to two to three carriages during the rush hour.

“This should be taken in the context of the lost of one Transpennine Express Train per hour to the West Coast Line, of 400 to 500 seats.”

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7:48pm Fri 18 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

Now confirmed that it will be 1 extra train unit (2 coaches) and that the tran will operate from Preston..
therefore the 200 extra seats will already be taken up before it gets to Bolton and the train will already be full - especially with the increased paring that has been built at Horwich Parkway - especially for those from over the border in Lancashire who use Horwich parkway as fares are far cheaper in Greater Manchester, than in Lancashire!!!

Therefore passengers from Bolton it is status quo - no difference whatsoever!!!
Now confirmed that it will be 1 extra train unit (2 coaches) and that the tran will operate from Preston.. therefore the 200 extra seats will already be taken up before it gets to Bolton and the train will already be full - especially with the increased paring that has been built at Horwich Parkway - especially for those from over the border in Lancashire who use Horwich parkway as fares are far cheaper in Greater Manchester, than in Lancashire!!! Therefore passengers from Bolton it is status quo - no difference whatsoever!!! The Righteous One
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12:55am Sat 19 Apr 14

Lynn57 says...

Lots of fanfare but no real difference when all of the variables are considered. It will still be crowded and unpleasant. Kudos to the MPs that travelled to no ten with petition but it is all like **** in the wind.
Lots of fanfare but no real difference when all of the variables are considered. It will still be crowded and unpleasant. Kudos to the MPs that travelled to no ten with petition but it is all like **** in the wind. Lynn57
  • Score: 1

6:48am Sat 19 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

So Dave, think this is a smart move? Hope to 'buy' some extra votes? It won't work. The electorate will see through this one. Not enough seats. The tories will have to work harder than this to get Bolton West.
So Dave, think this is a smart move? Hope to 'buy' some extra votes? It won't work. The electorate will see through this one. Not enough seats. The tories will have to work harder than this to get Bolton West. Ernagy2
  • Score: 2

12:23pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

I Wish The P.M Would Wright That Down On Some Toilet Paper, Guess What Id Do With The Toilet Paper?.
I Wish The P.M Would Wright That Down On Some Toilet Paper, Guess What Id Do With The Toilet Paper?. Gore Seer
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