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You may be aware that the Government has repeatedly broken promises when it comes to our trains.

The recent announcement that many investment projects have been cancelled across the country does little to reassure me that this will change, plus both Northern and First trains are facing a franchise process which is known to disrupt a long-standing plans. With this in mind over the last few weeks, I have been pushing the Government on some key commitments.

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David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether all services re-directed away from Bolton during the electrification of the Preston to Manchester line will return as soon as the electrification work is completed.

Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
The current works at Farnworth for the electrification of the line between Manchester and Preston are planned to run until 5th October.? Upon completion of these works, all the contractual train services between Manchester and Preston via Bolton will be reinstated.? In the longer term, electrification of the Manchester-Preston line will enable future operators to use longer electric trains to provide additional capacity between Bolton and Manchester. (Source)

David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether all Pacer trains used on Northern services will be replaced by 2020.

Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
All Pacer trains used on Northern services will be replaced by 2020. (Source)

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As well as the above written questions to the Government, I have also written to Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, to seek assurances that our electrification project is still on schedule.

I hope that this update was interesting, I’ll be blogging more about our trains as news emerges. For more information on my work to improve Bolton’s trains click here.

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