The A580 East Lancs will be reduced to a single lane in either direction between Old Clough Lane and Swinton for the next 16 weeks (the work is related to the unpopular Leigh Guided Busway scheme). We anticipate the inevitable congestion will encourage more motorists to use the train instead. We are therefore expecting already busy commuter trains to become even more crowded over the next 4 months.
Walkden South Councillor and FOWS member Iain Lindley has written to Northern Rail highlighting the likely uplift in loadings, and suggesting some simple steps to alleviate the problems Walkden passengers may suffer.
As we have learnt, providing extra services or even extra carriages on existing services is usually beyond the ability of our local rail system. Instead, Cllr Lindley has suggested it should be relatively easy to arrange for the following commuter services that currently skip Walkden to stop here during the period of the works:
- 0649 Southport to Manchester Victoria
- 1707 Manchester Victoria to Southport
- 1740 Manchester Victoria to Southport
We will update this blog with news of any response from Northern Rail.