Fix town’s ‘unacceptable’ train service, says MP

Congleton’s MP has called on transport ministers to “urgently improve” services from Congleton train station, saying the Sunday service was “unacceptable”.
Speaking in Parliament last week, before MPs went on their summer holidays, Fiona Bruce MP said that local passengers had suffered “endless recent service interruptions and strikes”, with “the latest blow” the complete removal of CrossCountry services, which need reinstating.
“Train services from Congleton urgently need improving,” she said and asked the Government to press Northern – now taken into Government control “to do so now”.
She added “The Sunday service, at just four trains per day each way, is unacceptable, with gaps of up to four hours between trains,” she said.
She also complained there were no advance tickets from Congleton.
She added: “This is a well-used station. It could be even more popular, given more regular and reliable trains. I urge transport ministers to ensure that the people of Congleton get the train service they deserve.”
Speaking after the debate, Mrs Bruce said: “This is an issue of considerable importance to thousands of my constituents – particularly young people and those without cars.
“I have raised it in Parliament as insufficient action has been taken to address these concerns by the train companies.
“This is particularly disappointing since I held a meeting at Congleton station, attended by a large number of my constituents, when a number of concerns were raised in a detailed discussion with Northern Rails then-representative - who I understand has since left – with little action following.”