Say “No” to trains skipping stopsAugust 30, 2015
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 email@example.com
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.