The Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria train during peak hours arrives with no room for more passengers. The two carriage train arrives at Bromley Cross already over capacity, so much so that I have been unable to board on many occassions and have had to wait for the next train (infrequent) and when I have there have been grave health and safety breaches.
Overcrowded trains like this will certainly lead to fatalities in the case of an emergency. Travellers stood shoulder to shoulder trying to support each other's weight against the movement of the train will surely lead to injuries. Not to mention the unhygienic conditions in which we are subjected to greatly increases the spread of disease.
So what are the possible solutions?
1. Send two carriage trains frequently enough to reduce overcrowding.
2. Add two more carriages to trains during peak hours.
(I have witnessed 4 carriage trains empty outside of peak hours)
- 1 Thomas McGuinness reported the issue on FixMyTransport. close 11:03 03 Oct 2012
Thomas McGuinness wrote to Northern Rail
11:03 03 Oct 2012
Here is the letter that Thomas McGuinness wrote.
Serious Overcrowding (SEVERE HEALTH & SAFETY CONCERN)
I catch the Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria train to go to University during peak hours. The 2 carriage train arrives at Bromley Cross already over capacity, so much so that I have been unable to board on many occassions.
Why send a 2 carriage train during peak times and send a 4 carriage train when nobody needs it? My suggestion, either increase the frequency of trains enough to reduce the overcrowding, or simply add 2 more carriages to the peak time trains.
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Peter Dixon commented
18:04 03 Oct 2012
I am one of the FixMyTransport Volunteers.
I would suggest that you contact your local MP about the issue too. The route is incredibly busy but will not benefit directly from the North West Electrification project. The route requires a number of enhancements including extra track and additional platforms at stations between Bolton and Blackburn.
04 October 2012
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