Every week I hear from Bolton commuters who are feeling let down by local rail services.
Whether it is Bromley Cross, Hall I’ th’ Wood or Bolton Station people are being left behind on platforms because the trains are simply too full. After a brief period of improvement over the summer, overcrowding is very much an issue again.
Delays with the electrification scheme and the long-term nature of acquiring new carriages means there are little signs of relief in the near future.
When people are already being let down so badly by the service it is a slap in the face to be told that fares will increase again by an average of 2.3% in the new year.
I don’t want to see local people priced out of rail travel and forced onto already busy roads. I want more and more people to feel the benefit of a modern, efficient train service. It is not right to ask people to pay more without delivering a reliable day-to-day local service, and I will be raising this issue with the Government.