East Lancashire commuters angry about overcrowding on Clitheroe to Manchester line (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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East Lancashire commuters angry about overcrowding on Clitheroe to Manchester line
3:14pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
DISGRUNTLED rail commuters have started an online petition to push for more carriages at peak times on the Clitheroe to Manchester line.
They are complaining that overcrowding is becoming a serious issue during the rush hour, with some people regularly unable to get on a train due to it being full.
The new petition, which has 163 signatures so far, is the start of a campaign to press for more capacity and to improve the quality of the Northern Rail trains during peak times.
The Lancashire Telegraph exclusively revealed last week that the vital rail link between Clitheroe, Blackburn and Manchester will be revolutionised with million of pounds of investment.
One of the improvements already announced is for services to be increased from hourly to every 30 minutes throughout the day. Commuter Jamie Andrews, 23, from Clitheroe, said: “The improvements that were announced last week is just the start.
“It’s about time that train users got together and actually tried to get something done.
“The state of the trains in the morning is appalling and there is never enough space for everyone.
“Most of the time the train is formed of two carriages instead of three and some people have to stay behind and wait for the next train.”
Heather Foyle, 45, from Blackburn, said: “I use the train every morning to get to work in Manchester and it’s just horrible.
“It’s my only option because it’s a nightmare to drive into the city every day at peak times but the train is always overcrowded and very cold.
“It needs some serious attention because it’s just not good value for money.
“I welcome the new petition and I hope it makes some much-needed difference.”
A spokeswoman for Northern Rail said: “We realise that passengers experiencing overcrowding during peak travel times are frustrated and we apologise to anyone who has an unpleasant journey because of this.
“Northern was awarded its franchise in 2004, as a ‘steady-state’ franchise, meaning the Government did not predict any growth or investment would be required throughout the life of the franchise.
“In fact, Northern has attracted 40 per cent more passengers since then.
“In December 2011, Northern introduced 50 additional carriages across Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.
“Due to the popularity of rail travel as an efficient and cost-effective means of transport, we will continue to work with the Department for Transport to continue to provide as much capacity for our passengers as possible.”
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