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Government U-turn on carriages means more over-crowding on Walkden trains

July 5, 2009

As reported in last week’s Manchester Evening News, the Department of Transport appear to have reneged on their commitment to provide Northern Rail with 180 new carriages in the next couple of years. According to transport chiefs at GMPTE the government are now saying only 106 carriages will be provided – that’s a reduction of over 40%.

This is bound to adversely affect Northern Rail’s ability to introduce new trains on routes around Manchester which, like the Walkden line, are suffering overcrowding in peak hours and also off-peak sometimes too.

We urge anyone concerned by this let-down to write to their MP asking him or her to protest to the Department of Transport and fight for the full allocation of desperately needed new carriages for local train services.

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