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FOWS call for electrification and increased Sunday service in next Northern Rail franchise

August 10, 2014

The Northern Rail franchise, currently operated as a joint venture between Serco and Abellio, will be handed to a new operator from spring 2016 and the government’s selection process has begun in earnest.

FOWS and the Friend’s groups at Atherton, Daisy Hill and Westhoughton have produced a joint response to the government’s invitation for railway stakeholders to input to the requirements of the next franchise agreement.

Our response can be downloaded here and includes the following key points:

  • to maximise efficiency savings and improve capacity the route from Hindley to Salford Crescent via Atherton and Walkden needs to be included in the north-west electrification programme as soon as possible;
  • increasing the hours of operation of the highly successful Sunday service to facilitate morning journeys into Manchester for shop workers, and evening journeys home for travellers returning home from weekends away or days out.
  • increasing revenue and helping keep Ticket Offices open by increasing the range of services available;
  • cleaner, faster trains will drive further passenger growth in the north.
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