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Tis the season to be jolly ….

November 23, 2013

… or maybe not if you’re a passenger or employee of Northern Rail, as the annual pre-Christmas season of weekend over-crowding begins.

A Pacer arrives at Walkden stuffed like an Xmas turkey. Passengers were unable to board this train or the next one.

A Pacer arrives at Walkden stuffed like an Xmas turkey. Passengers were unable to board this train or the next one.

After dozens of disappointed travellers were unable to board 5 successive trains last Saturday, today Northern have provided Rail Replacement buses between Walkden and Victoria. Nobody will be happy about having to take a bus when they wanted to travel by train, but credit to Northern for coming up with a solution which at least means people can still travel.

We understand passengers at Atherton, Moorside and Swinton were not so lucky, and didn’t have buses provided.

The same situation develops every year at this time, and regular passengers have learnt to expect the worst when trying to travel towards Manchester on a Saturday or Sunday between mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Less frequent passengers are visibly shocked that the trains are too busy for passengers to squeeze on.

A replacement bus waits outside Walkden station to take passengers on to Victoria

A replacement bus waits outside Walkden station to take passengers on to Victoria

Apart from passengers, the other victims of the chronic under-investment in trains are local Northern staff who have to deal with the fallout.

While passengers are understandably angry when trains are late or full, we ask you not to take it out on Northern’s front-line staff who (if you ask them) will tell you how frustrated they are with the lack of carriages too.

Only the government, and perhaps Northern’s top bosses, can address the problem of insufficient carriages on the railways, but until electric trains start running on the Eccles and Bolton routes there is little prospect of the situation at Walkden improving.

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