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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Ulverston Carnival-goers left fuming at rail delays

RAIL bosses have said the Tour de France was to blame for delays and overcrowded trains as passengers tried to make their way to a popular annual event in Ulverston.

Saturday’s Ulverston Carnival was hailed as a success by both organisers and visitors as thousands crowded the town centre streets and Ford Park.

But those traveling to the event by train from Barrow, Roose and Dalton felt left out thanks to long waits and overcrowded trains.

Some people reported being turned away from the station as they tried to make their way to Ulverston and others took to social media to criticise the train company responsible for not anticipating the increased demand on the service.

Anna Martin said on Facebook: “The same happened last year and the year before. It’s common sense to put a few more carriages on when they know there are going to be people turned away.”

Claire Pattinson said: “My daughter was on the train on Saturday, she said it was very overcrowded and people were being turned away at stations.

“When she came to get off at Dalton, it was so packed she couldn’t get to a door and other passengers had to help her. She ended up late for work due to the delays.”

Craig Harrop, client and stakeholder manager for Northern Rail, said the issue was due to the extra pressure placed on the rail provider by the opening legs of the Tour de France in Yorkshire

He said: “We understand passengers’ frustration when travelling on overcrowded services or when they are unable to board, however we only have a finite number of carriages to run across our network.

“Saturday saw the biggest sporting event in the world arrive in our region and we had to ensure as much extra capacity as possible was available for the hundreds of thousands of people travelling to it.

“We will include Ulverston Carnival into our events plan for 2015 so the planning team can see what additional units may be available nearer the time.”

A spokesman for First Transpennine Express, which also operates trains between Barrow and Ulverston, said all trains ran according to the timetable on Saturday and that extra carriages could not be added because of the short length of platforms on the Furness line.

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You can't just expect rail companies to just simply add more carriages to trains. It is a more complicated process than that plus they are correct about the stations as well, the platforms between Barrow and Ulverston are too short for that to happen.

Posted by Kieran on 9 July 2014 at 14:38

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