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Villagers hit out at lack of train services

Councillor June Molyneaux .

Councillor June Molyneaux .

 

A rail firm has been criticised for the lack of services it provides at a village train station.

Residents in Adlington are frustrated at the lack of trains that stop at the station.

Currently, one service an hour stops at Adlington, connecting the village to Manchester and to Blackpool.

A service was recently withdrawn from the station due to the electrification works which are happening throughout Chorley.

Villagers have been campaigning for more than two years to increase the services provided.

Coun June Molyneaux, borough ward councillor, said: “Not enough trains stop in Adlington and I think more need to start stopping and a number of residents think the same.

“It’s currently one an hour at the moment which isn’t enough, if you miss that one it means waiting around, a number of trains run through Adlington but they never stop.

“People are leaving the village and driving to Chorley or Blackrod. We don’t want that happening.”

Coun Molyneaux claims that Adlington Town Council has met with Northern Rail in previous years.

She added: “Northern Rail say they need two years’ notice to increase services so it shows how long we have been asking for.

“It’s been a long time and they just seem to make excuses.

“I just don’t understand why they can’t give an answer as to why they can’t increase the services.”

A Northern Rail spokesman said: “The service level agreement, or number of stops for a station, is set by the Department for Transport and we meet our requirements for Adlington in the current timetable.

“That said, we are always happy to meet with local stakeholder groups to discuss timetable alteration opportunities for local communities.”

 

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