Minister hears case for direct Barrow to Manchester Airport trains link
Last updated at 10:46, Tuesday, 03 September 2013
A CAMPAIGN to save the direct train service from Barrow to Manchester Airport has been taken to Westminster.
Barrow and Furness MP, John Woodcock put the case for keeping the service to transport minister Simon Burns yesterday.
The meeting was the latest stage in the Cumbria Better Connected campaign which Mr Woodcock launched to safeguard the through service, which is under threat as a result of planned electrification of other parts of the line.
Mr Woodcock said: “Our campaign has said loud and clear that we need to strengthen our direct link with Manchester, not cut it.
“The Windermere line may be shorter and cheaper to electrify but the Furness line carries many more passengers and must not be abandoned.
“I want the minister to pledge that the next rail franchise will guarantee continuation of the through service and that the economic case for electrification of the Furness line will be properly considered by the government.”
First published at 10:40, Tuesday, 03 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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The wonders of railway privatisation eh? It amazes me how many people still display surprise and indignation that rail operators charge increasingly exorbitant fares for their dire and dwindling 'services'. Large businesses will always put profit and the interests of shareholders over the quality of their product and the needs of their customers. This especially holds true for these companies with a captive market and a (near) monopoly in their area. I mean, they have to be able to pay their ethically questionable, fat-cat directors obscene salaries to shaft the public, don't they? Oh, and there's the bubbly for the shareholders' meetings to consider too.
Good luck with that, I doubt the majority of the stuffed-shirt Eton boys in Westminster realise the country has a North, never mind where Furness is.