Pressure growing for rolling stock for Todmorden Curve

Pressure growing for rolling stock for Todmorden Curve

Pressure growing for rolling stock for Todmorden Curve

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SHADOW Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood toured East Lancashire’s railways stations yesterday to talk to communters as part of the campaign to improve rolling stock and train services in the area.

The shadow minister visted Accrington, Nelson, and Burnley Manchester Road stations and discussed issues including frequency of services, reliability of trains, and a lack of trains on the Todmorden Curve Hyndburn and Haslingden MP, Graham Jones, joined her in Accrington, in Nelson she was joined by Labour’s parliamentary candidate Azhar Ali, and Labour candidate Julie Cooper joined her at Manchesrer Road station.

The shadow minister was also accompanied along the way by other local rail campaigners who were gathering signatures for a the petition calling on the government to bring rolling stock trains back to East Lancashire after they were sent to the Chilterns.

The activists were also asking people to sign letters, which will be submitted to the northern franchise consultation that is currently being undertaken.

Lilian Greenwood said: “Direct rail services to Manchester will bring massive benefits to East Lancashire, but the Todmorden Curve will be a track without trains for six months – and the delay could be even longer.

“The first trains should have run in May, but despite Ministers’ previous assurances, it is now clear that they have no answers.

“It’s unacceptable that £9 million of public money has been spent but rail services are still stuck on the slow line.”

Azhar Ali said: “We want to highlight the lack of investment in East Lancashire, particularly on the Colne to Preston line.

“A service that goes every hour doesn’t encourage people to leave their cars.”

Julie Cooper said: “Economists have worked out that the Todmorden Curve will have an impact of around £12million a year on Burnley’s economy.

“That means each month that the project is delayed is costing Burnley £12million.”

Graham Jones MP said: “It's great to have the support of shadow ministers and for us to be able to get the support of local train users. We need better connectivity and better services in order for us to meet the demands of the local economy and to generate the growth and jobs people in the area need.”

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8:33pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Also, will there be any fresh stock available for the Manchester-Clitheroe service in late 2016 if, as various individuals,and agencies keep telling us, the double track upgrade between Bolton and Blackburn is in place by then?
Also, will there be any fresh stock available for the Manchester-Clitheroe service in late 2016 if, as various individuals,and agencies keep telling us, the double track upgrade between Bolton and Blackburn is in place by then? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 16

11:32pm Sat 2 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

I wonder if the colne to skipton line was mentioned to the shadow minister?
I wonder if the colne to skipton line was mentioned to the shadow minister? The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 7

1:20am Sun 3 Aug 14

Pan-cake says...

" Labour candidate Julie Cooper said: “Economists have worked out that the Todmorden Curve will have an impact of around £12million a year on Burnley’s economy.

“That means each month that the project is delayed is costing Burnley £12million.”

Obviously Ms Cooper and her maths skills will be shoe in as a Labour treasury minister should she and the Labour Party succeed next May
" Labour candidate Julie Cooper said: “Economists have worked out that the Todmorden Curve will have an impact of around £12million a year on Burnley’s economy. “That means each month that the project is delayed is costing Burnley £12million.” Obviously Ms Cooper and her maths skills will be shoe in as a Labour treasury minister should she and the Labour Party succeed next May Pan-cake
  • Score: 15

8:09am Sun 3 Aug 14

Real Ale Up North says...

Rolling stock to the Chilterns. Well, no surprise there. Todmorden Curve, a track acting as an abandoned railway siding for months to come. What a shambles. :-(
Rolling stock to the Chilterns. Well, no surprise there. Todmorden Curve, a track acting as an abandoned railway siding for months to come. What a shambles. :-( Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 14

10:03am Sun 3 Aug 14

Noiticer says...

Is the signalling on the Curve fully operational? Is the rolling stock available now? Is the funding of the in place? Is there a slot in the timetable for the new service? If the answer to all these questions is 'Yes', then why will it be May 2015 before the service commences? We need some answers so perhaps a reporter on the Telegraph can do some investigative journalism instead of just reoporting that which is fed to him by 'sources'.
Is the signalling on the Curve fully operational? Is the rolling stock available now? Is the funding of the in place? Is there a slot in the timetable for the new service? If the answer to all these questions is 'Yes', then why will it be May 2015 before the service commences? We need some answers so perhaps a reporter on the Telegraph can do some investigative journalism instead of just reoporting that which is fed to him by 'sources'. Noiticer
  • Score: 8

10:07am Sun 3 Aug 14

danskeblaa says...

The toruble in this country is if there is no direct connection to London then you can forget about the railways. By comparison to Europe we are getting third world rubbish. It is a joke.

This country's obsession with the capital will lead to economic uncompetitiveness for the nation. Making our econoic salvation in area of the country where direct costs are going through the roof means we cannot harness the advantages of more competitive regions. We need a major infrastructure plan to release this pent up cpacity but oh no we just keep spending billions like Crossrail on the capital while everyone else suffers.

Talk about a lack of economic foresight.
The toruble in this country is if there is no direct connection to London then you can forget about the railways. By comparison to Europe we are getting third world rubbish. It is a joke. This country's obsession with the capital will lead to economic uncompetitiveness for the nation. Making our econoic salvation in area of the country where direct costs are going through the roof means we cannot harness the advantages of more competitive regions. We need a major infrastructure plan to release this pent up cpacity but oh no we just keep spending billions like Crossrail on the capital while everyone else suffers. Talk about a lack of economic foresight. danskeblaa
  • Score: 14

3:59pm Sun 3 Aug 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I still want to know why the Tod Curve cost 9 million in the first place. It's a 400m section of track in a location where all the heavy landscaping work was already complete.

So putting new track on an old track bed cost £22500 per meter.

That makes the proposed 11.5 mile Colne to Skipton line an estimated 416 million pounds minimum.
I still want to know why the Tod Curve cost 9 million in the first place. It's a 400m section of track in a location where all the heavy landscaping work was already complete. So putting new track on an old track bed cost £22500 per meter. That makes the proposed 11.5 mile Colne to Skipton line an estimated 416 million pounds minimum. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 10

9:18am Mon 4 Aug 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

The fact is that only in the south east is rail travel profitable, which is why all the spare rolling stock that was earmarked for East Lancashire was relocated there.
The fact is that only in the south east is rail travel profitable, which is why all the spare rolling stock that was earmarked for East Lancashire was relocated there. Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
  • Score: 1

12:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

slants says...

That means each month that the project is delayed is costing Burnley £12million.”you cant make this stuff up hahahahahahahahahaha
That means each month that the project is delayed is costing Burnley £12million.”you cant make this stuff up hahahahahahahahahaha slants
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Tue 5 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

Seeing it's only for the North of England, perhaps they could buy some cattle trucks from India. That way Cameron's fat cat friends can afford their bonuses.
Seeing it's only for the North of England, perhaps they could buy some cattle trucks from India. That way Cameron's fat cat friends can afford their bonuses. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 0

9:41am Thu 7 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

This article shows how spending on Southern railways outweighs Northern railways by a factor of 9.




http://www.theguardi
an.com/news/datablog
/2014/aug/07/london-
gets-24-times-as-muc
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This article shows how spending on Southern railways outweighs Northern railways by a factor of 9. http://www.theguardi an.com/news/datablog /2014/aug/07/london- gets-24-times-as-muc h-infrastructure-nor th-east-england DaveBurnley
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