Bolton 'will not be left behind' by £15 billion rail plan

Passengers trying to board a rush hour train at Bolton station

Passengers trying to board a rush hour train at Bolton station

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

BOLTON will not be “left on the platform” by an ambitious £15 billion scheme put forward by the leaders of key northern cities, the town’s transport bosses have said.

Council leaders from Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield got together to present the One North report to Chancellor George Osborne, who has thrown his weight behind its recommendations.

The report, which looks to the next 15 years, asks for new rolling stock to be a priority and calls for more train services, as well as expanding the motorway network.

The leaders say that, if adopted, it will bring benefits “for the whole of the North of England”, increasing capacity on the motorways by 150 per cent and creating a faster rail network.

Cllr David Chadwick, the cabinet member in charge of transport at Bolton Council, said it would be fantastic news if the report is put into action — despite there being no reference to Bolton in the plans.

He said: “It should be complementary to what’s already going on, with the electrification of the line between Manchester to Preston, and access to more, quicker trains travelling from east and west.

“What I’m pleased about is that successive governments have never really had a short, medium or long term plan for the railways in the north — and this report looks out over 15 years.

“This is a good idea and the government should grasp it with both hands.

“It’s about cities and regions in the North getting together and saying ‘This is something we need to do to give the economy a boost’.”

Cllr Stuart Haslam, who is also a member of the Transport for Greater Manchester committee, said: “My concern is that our town is an integral part of these plans.

“I welcome any investment which will help with the regeneration of the whole area, but Bolton is a separate entity and needs to be linked in.

“With electrification there is the opportunity for that to happen — that will fuel regeneration of the area. Any investment is a good thing.”

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12:35pm Wed 6 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

For this to take shape then electrification needs to be 100% on all routes (especially through Bolton) as the electric trains are only as fast as the 60mph diesel trains infront!!!


Also with regards to new rolling stock, instead of the same-old same old for the commuter services, I do believe that the best rolling stock for the North would be...

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/NS_Sprinter
_Lighttrain

And are far cheaper than what teh Government/DfT currently buy - and safer!!!
For this to take shape then electrification needs to be 100% on all routes (especially through Bolton) as the electric trains are only as fast as the 60mph diesel trains infront!!! Also with regards to new rolling stock, instead of the same-old same old for the commuter services, I do believe that the best rolling stock for the North would be... http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/NS_Sprinter _Lighttrain And are far cheaper than what teh Government/DfT currently buy - and safer!!! nigella farrage
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1:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

You are Sheldon Cooper and I claim my prize!
You are Sheldon Cooper and I claim my prize! OriginalAngryDad
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1:21pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Gomacadeshez says...

in terms of rail, there should be a loop line from Manchester-Burnley-B
lackburn-Bolton and Manchester with services fast enough to make journey times between Manchester and Blackburn 30 minutes or less.

In order to increase capacity there needs to be a second line between Bolton and Manchester along the old line between Bolton and Eccles. This would also free up line capacity for more much needed stopping services at stations between Bolton and Manchester.
in terms of rail, there should be a loop line from Manchester-Burnley-B lackburn-Bolton and Manchester with services fast enough to make journey times between Manchester and Blackburn 30 minutes or less. In order to increase capacity there needs to be a second line between Bolton and Manchester along the old line between Bolton and Eccles. This would also free up line capacity for more much needed stopping services at stations between Bolton and Manchester. Gomacadeshez
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1:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Balboa says...

By the time rail infrastructure is completed, we'll already be teleporting.
By the time rail infrastructure is completed, we'll already be teleporting. Balboa
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1:29pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Phil from Smithills says...

If Manchester receives an allocation of money to be spent on a super rail connecting with Liverpool ,Leeds & Sheffield, they will **** sure keep it in their city and make sure none leeks out to Bolton.
If Manchester receives an allocation of money to be spent on a super rail connecting with Liverpool ,Leeds & Sheffield, they will **** sure keep it in their city and make sure none leeks out to Bolton. Phil from Smithills
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7:20pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Beyond News Forum says...

That £48-million waste of time has still not even seen one glass panel delivered and the discussion is more rail BS?

£48-million still accumulating interest then?
That £48-million waste of time has still not even seen one glass panel delivered and the discussion is more rail BS? £48-million still accumulating interest then? Beyond News Forum
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3:02pm Thu 7 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

Is there any reason as to why Blackburn's new bus station is only costing 5 million, Preston's prosed bus station is less than 15 million and yet Boltons smaller than current bus station is costing a staggering 48 million????

If anything TfGM are wasting our money and teh majority of it could be used to fund 30 minute services instead of hourly and also fund a new subsidised route to Edgworth which no longer has a bus route to any part of Bolton - they don't even have a bus route to Bromley Cross Station as that was re-routed at the end of March, although the bus stops say something else!!!
Is there any reason as to why Blackburn's new bus station is only costing 5 million, Preston's prosed bus station is less than 15 million and yet Boltons smaller than current bus station is costing a staggering 48 million???? If anything TfGM are wasting our money and teh majority of it could be used to fund 30 minute services instead of hourly and also fund a new subsidised route to Edgworth which no longer has a bus route to any part of Bolton - they don't even have a bus route to Bromley Cross Station as that was re-routed at the end of March, although the bus stops say something else!!! nigella farrage
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