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UPDATE: Short-formed trains


Three weeks ago I raised concerns about the use of short-formed trains on local services. Trains that are scheduled to have 3 or 4 carriages are running with just 2.

I tabled some questions to the Transport Secretary in Parliament on this issue.



These figures from across the whole Northern network show that the experience of Bolton residents is far from typical.

On some local routes it would be a good week if just 10% of services ran as short-formed. I know some commuters have been stuck with two or three short-formed trains a week on their daily service going into Manchester.

I also asked about penalties for rail operators:


I will continue to push for a better service for local residents. I am hoping to meet with Northern, Transpennine Express and Network Rail in the near future to discuss the issues that Bolton is facing.

In the meantime, I’m always happy to raise concerns so please get in touch if you have any issues or questions.

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