Pictured: Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury
Weaver Vale’s Labour MP Mike Amesbury has written to the transport secretary Chris Grayling after it was revealed that long-awaited plans for two trains per hour through Mid Cheshire are set to be delayed until next year.
The new service – between Greenbank in Hartford and Piccadilly in Manchester – had been due to start last December, but were delayed until May this year and have now been delayed again until May 2019.
The news comes just weeks after delays to the opening of the Halton Curve line were revealed due to a lack of rolling stock.
In his letter to Chris Grayling, Mike said: “The recent announcement is quite unacceptable, especially coming without any explanation or consultation.
“The lack of a frequent, reasonably fast, and reliable train service is causing economic difficulties in Mid Cheshire and we need this promised train service urgently.”
Andrew Cooper, a Northwich town councillor and rail campaigner, added: “Yet again the people of Northwich are being let down by the railway operators.
“Not only has the reliability of the service deteriorated considerably over the last five years, we now find out that Northern has not even applied for pathways to run two trains per hour into Manchester – something they both promised and are contractually obliged to deliver.”
Mr Cooper continued: “That the government are allowing this situation to persist tells you all you need to know about the commitment to delivering a reliable and regular service from Northwich.
“It’s time they started taking the transport network around Northwich seriously and deliver on their commitments.”