NO QUICK FIX FOR PENDLE TRAIN PROBLEMS SAYS GOVERNMENT MINISTER

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The Government take-over of Northern rail services will not result in any
quick fix for the problems on the Preston to Colne line, according to the
House of Lords transport minister, Conservative Baroness Vere of
Norbiton.

Pendle based Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Tony Greaves, asked what action
the Government will take, following the end of the Arrival Northern
franchise, “to ensure that passengers purchasing tickets for the East
Lancashire service to Brierfield, Nelson and Colne will be able to
complete their journeys to those stations.”

Lady Vere replied: “The end of the Arriva Rail North franchise will not
impact on the railway’s day-to-day operations. The business will continue
to operate as usual with no impact on Northern services. The only
difference passengers should notice is services gradually starting to get
better.”

Lord Greaves, who is also a Pendle Borough Councillor, says: “This answer
is a real let-down. ‘Business as usual’ on the Colne line means
passengers all too often being turfed off trains at Accrington or Burnley
and left to their own devices. If there is ‘no impact’ on services what
is the point of the Government nationalising Northern Rail? ’Gradually’
is just not good enough.

“At the very least they must make sure that passengers get taken to the
Pendle station they have booked for – whether it means a bus or taxis if
the train has been turned back. Will Pendle’s MP Andrew Stephenson now
sort this out please?”

Lord Greaves adds that the stations at this end of the Preston line are
some of the very few in the country where the number of passengers is
going down. He asks: “Is it any wonder, when trains don’t even arrive?

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