Dale Haslam's train blog: Six weeks of work was a job well done

Dale Haslam

Dale Haslam

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

IT is not often you see train passengers happy and smiling on a Monday morning rush-hour train, but that very well might be the case today.

Fresh from suffering six weeks of engineering works, sluggish trains and replacement coaches, battle-hardened commuters on the Preston to Bolton line will be celebrating crossing the finish line, as services are return to normal.

That means the journey from Chorley to Bolton will take 13 minutes rather than the current 30 or 40 minutes.

It also means there will be five trains an hour, rather than one, and gone will be the dreaded replace-ment coaches.

My honest assessment of this testing six-week period is that Northern Rail, which ran all the services on the line, has done a good job.

Yes, it was inconvenient, especially the lack of choice of evening rush-hour services, but it did what it said it would: nothing went wrong with the reduced service.

One clever move from Northern Rail was to double the length of the carriages to reduce overcrowding and it worked a treat.

I am told the firm received the extra carriages from services on the same line that it has not been able to run during the works and so the trains will revert to normal size as of today.

While it has its foibles, Northern Rail does try to get things right and, after passengers experienced delays in early 2013, bosses gave all customers a free day of unlimited travel worth more than £200.

Perhaps it would be a nice gesture to do that again, though, it is unlikely in the wake of its recent money-saving announcement that off-peak tickets will be banned between 4pm and 6.30pm on weekdays as of next Monday.

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11:59am Mon 1 Sep 14

manchester1 says...

You will still be packed in to the trains when everyone is back at work and college/Uni.........
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You will still be packed in to the trains when everyone is back at work and college/Uni......... .... manchester1
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12:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

nigella farrage says...

Where do you get 5 trains an hour betwen Chorley and Bolton?

Preston to Hazel Grove - HOURLY
Blackpool to Manchester Victoria - HOURLY
Windermere/Blackpool to Manchester Airport - HOURLY
Where do you get 5 trains an hour betwen Chorley and Bolton? Preston to Hazel Grove - HOURLY Blackpool to Manchester Victoria - HOURLY Windermere/Blackpool to Manchester Airport - HOURLY nigella farrage
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12:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

manchester1 says...

nigella farrage wrote:
Where do you get 5 trains an hour betwen Chorley and Bolton?

Preston to Hazel Grove - HOURLY
Blackpool to Manchester Victoria - HOURLY
Windermere/Blackpool to Manchester Airport - HOURLY
07:56 Chorley
Bolton
08:04 Chorley
Bolton
08:22 Chorley
Bolton
08:34 Chorley
Bolton
09:05 Chorley
Bolton
Platform 3
09:26
[quote][p][bold]nigella farrage[/bold] wrote: Where do you get 5 trains an hour betwen Chorley and Bolton? Preston to Hazel Grove - HOURLY Blackpool to Manchester Victoria - HOURLY Windermere/Blackpool to Manchester Airport - HOURLY[/p][/quote]07:56 Chorley [CRL] Bolton [BON] 08:04 Chorley [CRL] Bolton [BON] 08:22 Chorley [CRL] Bolton [BON] 08:34 Chorley [CRL] Bolton [BON] 09:05 Chorley [CRL] Bolton [BON] Platform 3 09:26 manchester1
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1:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Rivington_Pike says...

4 trains within the hour. Guess that makes you both wrong... ah well.
4 trains within the hour. Guess that makes you both wrong... ah well. Rivington_Pike
  • Score: 1

7:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

nigella farrage says...

Nope it is still 3 trains an hour.....

The blog states, "It also means there will be five trains an hour, rather than one, and gone will be the dreaded replacement coaches."

Between 7am and 8am:-
Chorley 0703(NR); 0717 (TP); 0733(NR); 0756(TP)
Bolton 0725(NR); 0734(TP); 0755(NR); 0809(NR)

Between 8am and 9am:-
Chorley 0804(NR); 0822 (TPE); 0834(NR)
Bolton 0826(NR); 0835 (TPE); 0856(NR)

Between 9am and 5pm
Chorley 05 (NR); 20 (TP); 38(NR) Past the hour
Bolton 25(NR), 35(TP); 56(NR) Past the hour

Between 5pm and 6pm
Chorley 1705(NR); 1720(TP); 1735(NR); 1757(TP)
Bolton 1726(NR); 1735(TP), 1756(NR); 1805(TP)

Between 6pm and 7pm
Chorley 1825 (NR): 1838 (NR)
Bolton 1849 (NR); 1856(NR)

Yep by this timetable, which is accurate of today, it is, on average, 3 trains an hour!!
Nope it is still 3 trains an hour..... The blog states, "It also means there will be five trains an hour, rather than one, and gone will be the dreaded replacement coaches." Between 7am and 8am:- Chorley 0703(NR); 0717 (TP); 0733(NR); 0756(TP) Bolton 0725(NR); 0734(TP); 0755(NR); 0809(NR) Between 8am and 9am:- Chorley 0804(NR); 0822 (TPE); 0834(NR) Bolton 0826(NR); 0835 (TPE); 0856(NR) Between 9am and 5pm Chorley 05 (NR); 20 (TP); 38(NR) Past the hour Bolton 25(NR), 35(TP); 56(NR) Past the hour Between 5pm and 6pm Chorley 1705(NR); 1720(TP); 1735(NR); 1757(TP) Bolton 1726(NR); 1735(TP), 1756(NR); 1805(TP) Between 6pm and 7pm Chorley 1825 (NR): 1838 (NR) Bolton 1849 (NR); 1856(NR) Yep by this timetable, which is accurate of today, it is, on average, 3 trains an hour!! nigella farrage
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7:55pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Rivington_Pike says...

If we use your logic, then there are 51 trains between Chorley and Bolton in a 24 hour period (02/09/2014).
This means the frequency is on average once in every 28 min's. Yes 2 trains a hour!.
If we use your logic, then there are 51 trains between Chorley and Bolton in a 24 hour period (02/09/2014). This means the frequency is on average once in every 28 min's. Yes 2 trains a hour!. Rivington_Pike
  • Score: -2

7:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Another load of drawl from Dale. Getting boring now.
Another load of drawl from Dale. Getting boring now. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 0

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