New train confirmed for faster service between East Lancs and Manchester

Work on the reinstated Todmorden Curve is set to be completed by May 12

Work on the reinstated Todmorden Curve is set to be completed by May 12

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A NEW train has been confirmed by rail bosses for the long-awaited faster service between East Lancashire and Manchester city centre.

But the announcement regarding the second-hand diesel, by Northern Rail, has met with mixed reaction among political leaders, amid hopes it was going to arrive this spring.

Work on the reinstated Todmorden Curve is set to be completed by May 12 – but the service will only officially begin this December.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “It is good news that this train has been confirmed because there were some rumours we were not going to get anything. Work is also progressing well on the signalling, but that is a little way off still. I am looking forward to riding on the first train along the Todmorden Curve.”

But Burnley Council leader Coun Julie Cooper said: “It is hugely disappointing that we will have a railway line there from May and the service will not be operational until December.

“I cannot believe it – it has has become a bit of a joke.

“It is estimated that the new line will bring economic benefits of £12million per year so what are we waiting for? I have raised it with our MP, in the hope he could influence this.”

Rail bosses have said that the release of diesel units, prompted by the introduction of electric trains on one of the Liverpool to Manchester lines, would also provide more seats for passengers travelling through Bolton.

But Northern Rail could not confirm whether this would improve the Clitheroe to Manchester service, running through Blackburn and Darwen, or the Preston to Manchester line, covering Chorley and Buckshaw Parkway.

Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said: “The deal will provide extra capacity to Bolton and see a passenger train running on the Todmorden Curve for the first time in more than 40 years. I look forward to further improvements as more trains are introduced.”

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6:55pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Noiticer says...

But still no long term strategy for building enough new trains to meet the rising demand for rail travel across the country and especially up here in the north where all we get is cast offs from other areas.
But still no long term strategy for building enough new trains to meet the rising demand for rail travel across the country and especially up here in the north where all we get is cast offs from other areas. Noiticer
  • Score: 25

7:07pm Thu 3 Apr 14

GrindletonBob says...

One second hand train being provided to operate a service throughout the day just the one train?! It's not some airport monorail.

Anyone would think Network Rail and Northern Rail were basing the proposed service on the Titfield Thunderbolt film!

I guess that's privatisation for you - as long as those Northern Rail shareholders back in Amsterdam are happy as well as the Southern based ministers pulling the strings of Network Rail...
One second hand train being provided to operate a service throughout the day just the one train?! It's not some airport monorail. Anyone would think Network Rail and Northern Rail were basing the proposed service on the Titfield Thunderbolt film! I guess that's privatisation for you - as long as those Northern Rail shareholders back in Amsterdam are happy as well as the Southern based ministers pulling the strings of Network Rail... GrindletonBob
  • Score: 17

8:12pm Thu 3 Apr 14

tonygreaves says...

They'll probably need three trains to provide the planned hourly service from Manchester to Blackburn via Tod and Burnley. But don't think they will be "new" trains, just the same old 30-35 years old diesels, original Sprinters and Third World Pacers...

As for the new electric trains between Manchester and Liverpool, they'll be 30 year old Class 319s shipped north from the Thames. Nicer trains than Pacers but still cast-offs from the South East as they get brand new electric trains.

Tony Greaves
They'll probably need three trains to provide the planned hourly service from Manchester to Blackburn via Tod and Burnley. But don't think they will be "new" trains, just the same old 30-35 years old diesels, original Sprinters and Third World Pacers... As for the new electric trains between Manchester and Liverpool, they'll be 30 year old Class 319s shipped north from the Thames. Nicer trains than Pacers but still cast-offs from the South East as they get brand new electric trains. Tony Greaves tonygreaves
  • Score: 14

9:32pm Thu 3 Apr 14

leyton says...

“I cannot believe it – it has has become a bit of a joke.like most things birtie and you are involved with.Can't wait to see the numbers when they people that the price for a return will be £16-20.00
“I cannot believe it – it has has become a bit of a joke.like most things birtie and you are involved with.Can't wait to see the numbers when they people that the price for a return will be £16-20.00 leyton
  • Score: 3

9:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

psch says...

Just shows what the train company thinks about this project and the potential for a profit. The money spent on this project would have better utilised in other areas of the network
Just shows what the train company thinks about this project and the potential for a profit. The money spent on this project would have better utilised in other areas of the network psch
  • Score: -10

9:06am Fri 4 Apr 14

Real Ale Up North says...

How can our MP think it's good news about a second hand carriage being confirmed for the new faster link to Manchester? The link will remain redundant for SEVEN months, after work is completed in May - it's a joke. Local MP's should be demanding that rolling stock be available now. Same old story in the neglected north.
Get your fingers out, Birtwistle and co. Stand up to southern bias, in relation to rail travel.
How can our MP think it's good news about a second hand carriage being confirmed for the new faster link to Manchester? The link will remain redundant for SEVEN months, after work is completed in May - it's a joke. Local MP's should be demanding that rolling stock be available now. Same old story in the neglected north. Get your fingers out, Birtwistle and co. Stand up to southern bias, in relation to rail travel. Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 7

9:10am Fri 4 Apr 14

campbell69s says...

Start with ensuring there are enough carriages on the current trains, then ifyou can accomplish that feat, then maybe spend millions on adding new trains.
Start with ensuring there are enough carriages on the current trains, then ifyou can accomplish that feat, then maybe spend millions on adding new trains. campbell69s
  • Score: 5

11:52am Fri 4 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

GrindletonBob wrote:
One second hand train being provided to operate a service throughout the day just the one train?! It's not some airport monorail.

Anyone would think Network Rail and Northern Rail were basing the proposed service on the Titfield Thunderbolt film!

I guess that's privatisation for you - as long as those Northern Rail shareholders back in Amsterdam are happy as well as the Southern based ministers pulling the strings of Network Rail...
NEW TRAIN !! If it goes to Bburn that's fine but how do you GET OUT it might need an even bigger NEW TRAIN !!
[quote][p][bold]GrindletonBob[/bold] wrote: One second hand train being provided to operate a service throughout the day just the one train?! It's not some airport monorail. Anyone would think Network Rail and Northern Rail were basing the proposed service on the Titfield Thunderbolt film! I guess that's privatisation for you - as long as those Northern Rail shareholders back in Amsterdam are happy as well as the Southern based ministers pulling the strings of Network Rail...[/p][/quote]NEW TRAIN !! If it goes to Bburn that's fine but how do you GET OUT it might need an even bigger NEW TRAIN !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 3

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