You may already be aware that earlier this week Network Rail announced their progress on the work on the Farnworth tunnel project, along with plans to return to a full service as of 14th December.

This is a key milestone in the work to upgrade our line to allow for the use of electric trains. It is also one that re-opens many questions about the future of the service, and the need to address overcrowding.

Of course a return to full service will be a great improvement to the situation we have today, but this should bring us back to where we were in spring and our problems go back much further than that.

For the full backstory on my work to address overcrowding on our trains visit www.davidcrausby.co.uk/trains

A return to a full service should mean there is now a clearer timetable for the completion of the electrification works. This should also mean plans should be coming together to restore the key services that were redirected away from Bolton two years ago. However, I have yet to hear any detailed plans to this effect.

With that in mind I have written to First Transpennine Express to ask for an update on plans to restore our services. I have also written to Northern Rail to ask that all available diesel carriages be used to improve Bolton’s capacity in the interim period.

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