TOWN hall chiefs will continue to press for better train services for people living in Kearsley and Farnworth.

Kearsley Ward councillor Paul Heslop called for additional services, particularly trains to run on Sunday and more trains during the week.

Cllr Heslop urged other parties to support his motion, which he put forward at the full council meeting last week, to write to transport bosses in a bid to improve services.

He said: “I don’t think it is much to ask and is incredibly important to the town, particularly with the the development of Farnworth town centre, and also to alleviate congestion in Kearsley, which suffers a three-mile tailback from the roundabout to the border of Salford.

“I think this council, in unity, should press on the powers that be including Northern Trains and Transport for Greater Manchester with the aim of seeking additional trains on weekdays and also at least one train per hour on a Sunday.”

Bolton’s transport chief, Cllr Stuart Haslam said: “I am very supportive of this motion.

“The service through Farnworth and Kearsley stations has been frankly appalling.

“We need to campaign for more reliable services.

" In term of regeneration, good reliable train services are essential and all these arguments we need to stress and emphasise.

"I will do all I can to raise the necessity to improve the service for these stations.”

Cllr Richard Silvester said: “Let us hope by lobbying Northern Rail and Tfgm and Minister of Transport that the desired outcome is achieved

“Improvements have been made at all three train stations over the past few years and having increased train services will mean more members of the public can access the train network.

Councillors voted to “write to Northern Trains, Transport for Greater Manchester and the Minister of Transport expressing its concerns and impressing on these bodies the need for both Sunday trains and more frequent weekday trains.”