Barbara is urging Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority to agree a proposal by Northern Rail to re-introduce Sunday services at Walkden station.
Last month the proposal for Sunday services received support from the Transport Authority’s Train and Metro Link Committee. The service would require a subsidy to cover the cost to Northern Rail and this must be approved by the Policy Committee on 28 August.
Barbara has worked over the last couple of years to support this and other campaigns run by the Friends of Walkden Station (FOWS) to improve local rail services. She has raised the issue in Parliament and with a succession of Transport Ministers, most recently Andrew Adonis and Chris Mole. Barbara first raised the possibility of Sunday services in a meeting last year with Northern Rail Chief Executive Heidi Mottram.
“I urge the Transport Authority to support the re-introduction of Sunday services from Walkden through to Manchester Victoria.
“The number of passengers using this rail line between Monday and Saturday has more than doubled since 2004. More people now travel on Sundays for leisure, shopping or to get to and from Manchester Airport. It seems clear that a Sunday service would be popular and should be cost-effective use of a subsidy from the Transport Authority and I strongly urge them to give the green-light to this change.
“I am grateful to Friends of Walkden Station for all their work to improve the station and for their campaigning to improve our local rail services. I will also be meeting with Government Transport Minister Chris Mole and Northern Rail in September to discuss further possible improvements to local rail services.”