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I recently met with Network Rail to discuss the ongoing works to improve the Bolton-Manchester line.

The next phase delivers long awaited upgrades to Bolton station. Work taking place includes: modifying existing platforms and canopies, remodelling tracks, upgrading signalling, installing overhead line equipment and building a new footbridge. The biggest change for passengers will be the revival of platform 5, which will improve the stations capacity and flexibility.

Unfortunately the scale of this work means that the station will have to be partially closed for a long time this summer.

I have received assurances that my constituents who use the Blackburn train line via Bromley Cross will still be able to travel in and out of Bolton.

However services onwards to Manchester/Preston ect will be replaced by buses.

This will be in effect on Sundays 23rd July, 30th July & 6th August and then every day from 12th-27th August while these improvement works are undertaken.

I appreciate that this will be inconvenient for people. If you experience any difficulty during this time regarding the information available to passengers or the effectiveness of the arrangements then please let me know. I will raise any concerns with Network Rail.

This work will bring us one step closer to the long over-due electrification of the train line and, hopefully, towards a better service.

Bolton train station closed this summer

  I recently met with Network Rail to discuss the ongoing works to improve the Bolton-Manchester line. The next phase delivers long awaited upgrades to Bolton station. Work taking place...

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I’d like to thank NHS England, who have taken the time to write to GPs with advice on how best to assist any local residents who may still be struggling to cope following the Manchester Arena attack.

I thought that I would share the content of their letter with you. The information may prove useful for anyone wondering if they should seek help from their doctor.

This NHS leaflet “Coping with stress following a major incident” is also available for those seeking further information.

The full letter is below:

 

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Mental health support following the Manchester Arena attack

  I’d like to thank NHS England, who have taken the time to write to GPs with advice on how best to assist any local residents who may still be...

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New figures show how English regions including Greater Manchester are being short-changed by Theresa May’s £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). 

Northern Ireland residents are getting 22 times as much funding as Greater Manchester will through devolution, according to analysis by the House of Commons library.

Northern Ireland is to get an extra £244 per person every year, to be spent on services such as schools, hospitals and major transport schemes.

Meanwhile, the Government’s devolution deal with Greater Manchester provides the region with just an extra £11 per person each year.

The analysis, undertaken at the request of Labour MPs, shows how money for English regions is dwarfed by the cash pouring into Northern Ireland. This is in return for 10 DUP MPs pledging to support the Tories in the House of Commons.

This funding arrangement is simply unfair. Our infrastructure needs to be improved, our public services need to be protected. We should not be short changed just because the Tories need to have their Government propped up.

Our region could thrive with the right investment but the Conservatives have repeatedly shown that they refuse to deliver for us.

 

 

DUP deal compared to additional investment funding in devolution deals

 

         

 

DUP deal = additional £244 per capita

     

 

         

 

Devolution Deal

Annual amount (£m)

Population (m)

Per capita annual amount (£)

Per capita extra given to Northern Ireland (£)

 

West Midlands

36.5

2.8

13

231

 

Greater Manchester

30.0

2.7

11

233

 

East Anglia*

30.0

2.3

13

231

 

North East*

30.0

2.0

15

229

 

Liverpool City Region

30.0

1.5

20

224

 

Sheffield City Region

30.0

1.4

22

222

 

Greater Lincolnshire*

15.0

1.1

14

230

 

West of England

30.0

1.1

27

217

 

Tees Valley

15.0

0.7

23

221

 

Total

246.5

15.6

16

 

 

         

 

Sources: National Audit Office; Offi ce for National Statistics; Department for Communities and Local Government

Theresa May's DUP deal gives Northern Ireland 22 times as much funding as Greater Manchester

  New figures show how English regions including Greater Manchester are being short-changed by Theresa May’s £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).  Northern Ireland residents are getting...

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