Bolton railway station
Bolton railway station

For far too long the railway system in north has failed you.  Late and cancelled trains and rising ticket prices have left people feeling angry and disillusioned with the train services.  This needs to change now.  This was none more felt than when Northern rail changed their timetables in the summer of 2018, which meant 9,000 train services were cut and businesses lost up to £38 million because of delays and cancellations.

To help to address the considerable shortcomings the government has had in dealing with the rail services, it has launched the Williams Rail Review, which will be overseen by the former Chairman and Chief Executive of British Airways.   It will extensively review how our rail services are being run and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is hosting listening events in February and March.  Whether you have positive or negative views of the rail system, all views are welcome and will feed into the TfGM response to the Williams review.

The Williams Rail Review is looking at all aspects of our rail network, including:

  • how it can offer a good value and accountable service to passengers;
  • how to reduce disruption and improve reliability and;
  • how it can respond to future challenges and opportunities.

The Review is seeking the views of both passengers and industry and it will publish its findings in autumn 2019, ready for reform in 2020.  To find out more about the review, please visit this website:

If you wish to attend the next listening event , please see below:

North Rail Passenger Event – Tuesday 5 March, 18:00-20:00 (registration from 17:30)
The Albert Halls, Paderborn Suite, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU
The railway system in Britain is in disarray due to decades of under investment and whilst the railway companies line there pockets with rising train prices, families all over this nation are having household budgets squeezed tighter and tighter.  This is why we need your help, through community action we can bring about positive change with better train services and lower prices that will benefit the many, not the few.

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