Our next stop: 10 Downing Street

Bolton News political reporter Elaine O’Flynn, and colleague Liam Thorp, with the petition that is going to No 10

Bolton News political reporter Elaine O’Flynn, and colleague Liam Thorp, with the petition that is going to No 10

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

THE Bolton News is taking your petition, calling for an end to overcrowding on the town’s trains, all the way to Number 10, Downing Street.

Political reporter Elaine O’Flynn is joining Bolton’s three MPs as they deliver the petition, with nearly 1,500 signatures, calling for a drastic improvement to the Bolton’s rail services.

After that David Crausby, Julie Hilling and Yasmin Qureshi will meet Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to ask what steps he is taking to address the dire situation.

Finally, the petition will be presented to Parliament in front of all the country’s MPs during a special evening session.

Mr Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, said: “I’m looking forward to presenting the petition and more, importantly, the government taking notice.

“I hope during our meeting with Mr McLoughlin he will give us some assurances that there is some end to the nightmare that Bolton commuters have to suffer.”

Ms Hilling, the MP for Bolton West, added: “I’m really delighted The Bolton News is bringing the petition to Parliament for us to present to Number 10.

“With the most recent news about the removal of the First TransPennine carr-iages, it makes this meeting with Patrick McLoughlin even more important to make sure we get a decent rail service across the North West, but particularly in Bolton.”

Ms Qureshi, who represents Bolton South East, said: “I think it’s a great thing we’re doing today. It’s been a great campaign by The Bolton News, along with the local MPs.

"With the combination of handing in the petition and meeting the minister, we hope that things will change and improve for the people of Bolton.”

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