David Crausby MP has written to the Secretary of State for Transport to push for Government intervention to improve capacity on Bolton’s railway network and provide funding for supported bus services.
The Bolton North East MP highlighted the delays to the electrification of Bolton’s train line, which have pushed back any hope of extra carriages on overcrowded commuter trains, saying “it is not acceptable that passengers will continue to suffer for the duration of this project. I hope that you will consider providing support in the form of extra diesel carriages in the interim.”
Mr Crausby also took aim at Government cuts to local authorities across Greater Manchester as a key reason that bus services across the town are being withdrawn. Supported services, which include night buses from Manchester City Centre, have seen their budget fall by 20% in the last two years.
Mr Crausby called on the Secretary to increase the available resources and to make clear how much money Greater Manchester will receive for transport spending in the devolution deal.
David Crausby said:
“Commuters don’t have faith that they will get to work on time because they don’t know from one morning to the next if they’ll be able to squeeze onto packed trains. Older residents in rural areas are dependent on local bus companies to keep their route going, with no safety net if things go wrong. Shift workers and those who enjoy a night out in Manchester will have to depend on friends and family for late night lifts or pay a small fortune in taxi fares. This doesn’t sound like a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ to me”
“We’ve had enough broken promises and suggestions that things will be better in a few years’ time. Bolton residents deserve clear answers on these issues. I hope the Secretary of State will take this matter seriously and come back with meaningful proposals to assist Bolton residents.”