Plans for Bolton-wide rail group rejected at heated meeting

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PLANS for a new railway users group have gone down in flames - but a Friends of Bolton Station group could rise from the ashes.

Preva Crossley and Derek Bullock held a public meeting in Westhoughton to kickstart the Along The Right Lines: Northern Communities Together community group.

They envisaged that the new group would unite railway users across Bolton and Wigan to clamour for more carriages and an end to overcrowding.

But attendees voted to instead create a forum for existing railway Friends groups - including Hindley, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton and Walkden in Salford - which would meet four times a year on joint issues.

And Mr Crossley vowed to begin efforts to start a Friends of Bolton Station group, to represent the hundreds of commuters who faced overcrowded services at peak times.

The Bolton News launched the Let's Get Back On Track calling for better services for rail users.

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2:22am Thu 16 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

I was under the impression that the 'Friends of' Groups were formed to concentrate on improving the environment of the various stations - and a good job they are doing too. Does this mean that their constitution will change in order that they now represent the railway users?
I was under the impression that the 'Friends of' Groups were formed to concentrate on improving the environment of the various stations - and a good job they are doing too. Does this mean that their constitution will change in order that they now represent the railway users? oftbewildered2
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1:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Get a car.
Get a car. cliff4treasurer
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11:34pm Thu 16 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
Get a car.
Hope you realise that the majority of train users actually USE a car to get to the station!!!

Cheaper than driving to place of work where one has to pay to park and then walk from car-park to place of work - never mind the amount of fuel being used and the time spent travelling which when added up costs a lot more time and money than travelling by train!

I have to use a car to get to Bolton Station - but when the carpark closes I am then stuck as Bolton station will have no parking spaces - my next nearest station is Moses Gate (which only has an hourly train service)which has no parking spaces and same with Farnworth Station (which only has an hourly train service) - so will probably mean I drive to Radcliffe to use the over-full trams!!!
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: Get a car.[/p][/quote]Hope you realise that the majority of train users actually USE a car to get to the station!!! Cheaper than driving to place of work where one has to pay to park and then walk from car-park to place of work - never mind the amount of fuel being used and the time spent travelling which when added up costs a lot more time and money than travelling by train! I have to use a car to get to Bolton Station - but when the carpark closes I am then stuck as Bolton station will have no parking spaces - my next nearest station is Moses Gate (which only has an hourly train service)which has no parking spaces and same with Farnworth Station (which only has an hourly train service) - so will probably mean I drive to Radcliffe to use the over-full trams!!! BWFC71
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