Rail chaos spurs call for fur­ther pay­outs

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

“Trav­ellers on North­ern ser­vices on routes in Lan­cashire, Cum­bria and Greater Manch­ester have suf­fered dis­rup­tion over a long pe­riod of time due to de­lays to im­prove the line be­tween Manch­ester and Black­pool and many can­cel­la­tions and de­lays fol­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a new timetable on May 20.

“Weekly, monthly and an­nual sea­son ticket hold­ers who held tick­ets for the pe­riod af­fected will re­ceive a re­fund equiv­a­lent to the cost of four weeks’ travel.

“Sea­son ticket hold­ers on both ● North­ern and Tran­sPen­nine Ex­press ser­vices on the worst af­fected routes else­where in the North who have suf­fered dis­rup­tion since the in­tro­duc­tion of the new May timetable will re­ceive a re­fund equiv­a­lent to a week’s worth of travel.

“The pack­age agreed at to­day’s meet­ing will also in­clude a mar­ket­ing cam­paign to pro­mote tourist hotspots such as the Lake Dis­trict and Black­pool which have been ad­versely af­fected by the rail dis­rup­tion.

“It is ex­pected that the agreed com­pen­sa­tion scheme will be im­ple- mented rapidly, fol­low­ing agree­ment from the Rail North Part­ner­ship, and will be de­liv­ered di­rectly by the train op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies.

“This com­pen­sa­tion is on top of the pre-ex­ist­ing de­lay re­pay scheme and will also ap­ply to sea­son ticket hold­ers who hold multi-modal travel tick­ets. Fur­ther de­tails will be re­leased by the Train Op­er­at­ing Com­pa­nies.”

John Crid­land, chair­man of Trans­port For The North, said: “We know that the past few months have been very frus­trat­ing for many north­ern­ers, with those who reg­u­larly travel by train be­ing heav­ily af­fected.

“The Trans­port For The North board has been press­ing the rail in­dus­try to ad­e­quately com­pen­sate those who have suf­fered the most.

“I’m de­lighted that we are now able to start do­ing this but there is still more work to be done.

“Com­pen­sa­tion for sea­son ticket hold­ers will be ad­min­is­tered di­rectly by the train op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies, with North­ern and Tran­sPen­nine Ex­press due to an­nounce de­tails of how peo­ple can claim very soon.”

Cllr Ian Gil­lies of City Of York Coun­cil and Cllr Sa­man­tha Dixon of Cheshire West And Ch­ester Coun­cil were elected vice-chairs of Trans­port for the North. ● THE Re­view into the Rail North Part­ner­ship, co-chaired by Cllr Ju­dith Blake of Leeds City Coun­cil and min­is­ter of state for trans­port Jo John­son MP, will be dis­cussed at the next Trans­port For The North board meet­ing in Septem­ber.

North­ern Rail trains, left, serve Run­corn East sta­tion

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