A newly elected Bolton MP was one of several to run into cancelled trains on her first day in parliament.

Kirith Entwistle won Bolton North East back for Labour at last Thursday’s general election with more than 16,000 votes.

But she and several of her Labour colleagues had their journeys to Westminster disrupted on Monday.

Posting on twitter from Bolton Station, Ms Entwistle said: “Day 1 and my train into Manchester to get to London is cancelled.

“Off to a great start!”

Fortunately for her, Ms Entwistle was still able to make her way to Westminster by later in the day. 

But other MPs took to social media the same day after running into similar problems on their way to London for the first sitting of the new Parliament on Tuesday.

Paul Foster, MP for South Ribble, wrote: “Day One on my way to Parliament and guess what… @AvantiWestCoast go and cancel my train just as I get to Preston station.

“To make matters worse, the train actually pulls into the station! Utter shambles.”

He posted an image of a departures board showing the cancellation of a 6am train to London Euston.

Another disgruntled Avanti West Coast passenger was Claire Hughes, MP for Bangor Aberconwy.

She wrote: “In news that will shock absolutely no-one, my @AvantiWestCoast train down to London for my first day in Westminster has been cancelled.”

Andrew Ranger, who was elected to represent Wrexham, replied: “That’ll be my train too!! Well we have another thing to add to the list of things to tackle. #avantifail.”

During the election campaign, Transport Secretary Louise Haigh said that, if Labour won, the party would urgently consider stripping Avanti West Coast of its contract.

This, she said, was due to its “woeful service” on the West Coast Main Line and pledged to bring all train services on Britain’s railways into public ownership.

Josh Fenton-Glynn, MP for Calder Valley, suffered disruption while travelling with Northern, which is already controlled by the Department for Transport.

He posted an image at 9.24am on Monday of himself at Hebden Bridge station.

This was with the caption: “On my way to London! I’m so excited to be starting a journey to be the voice in Westminster for the Calder Valley communities I love.”

In a subsequent post eight minutes later, he added: “In news that will shock absolutely no one, my @northernassist train is delayed.”

Henry Tufnell, MP for Mid and South Pembrokeshire, travelled to the capital on Sunday, posting: “Heading to London and excited to begin work as the MP for Mid & South Pembrokeshire.

“Unfortunately the journey involves no direct trains from #Pembrokeshire and a delayed @GWRHelp train via Gloucester. Lots of work to be done…”

Northern has now apologised to any members of the public hit by cancellations.

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Regional director for Northern in the North West Craig Harrop said: “We are sorry to any customers disrupted by service cancellations yesterday and this morning.

“Our operational colleagues are working hard to keep journey planners up to date.

“We are very actively managing higher levels of staff sickness, and on Sundays, which rely on crews volunteering to work additional hours, we have seen a reduction in train crew making themselves available on parts of the network.

“In addition, the ongoing industrial relations issues have their own impact.

“We are working hard with our colleagues and other train operators to improve service reliability.”