Were you among the passengers stranded at Salford Crescent last night when the 2138 service to Wigan was ordered to pass through the station without stopping ?
If so please be sure to register a complaint with Northern Rail using either
- the online “Report a Journey Fault” page or
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The stop was skipped due to “unusually heavy passenger flows” but when the 2-coach Pacer train passed through the station it was clear there was plenty of standing space available in both carriages. Moreover, 6 empty carriages (class 150 and 156, all bigger coaches than the Pacer) passed through Salford Crescent into Victoria only 10 minutes earlier.
As a result of the skipped-stop some 20-odd passengers had to wait over an hour for the next service or buy a ticket to go home by bus.
So called “skip-stopping” is a highly unpopular practise used on other Northern routes to recover lost time when a train is running late, and we do not wish to see it spreading to our services to/from Walkden.