Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister joined her party’s Parliamentary candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali, on a visit to Nelson Railway Station.
Shadow Minister Lilian Greenwood and County Coun. Ali talked to a whole series of travellers to find out their views on the local railway operation and met a group of campaigners surveying users’ opinions on the platform on Friday.
The Shadow Minister said: “It has been great to visit Nelson Station with Azhar Ali and hear what passengers locally want from their rail services.
“People have told me that services just aren’t frequent enough. I welcome the re-opening of the Todmorden curve, but the Tory-led Government has created a crazy situation where we have a new £8.8m. track but no trains to run on it. They need to act now to make it useful for people in Nelson and Colne.
“Allowing trains that were serving passengers in the North to be transferred to Chiltern Trains just shows where this Government’s priorities lie.
“People in Pendle are being let down.”
And Mr Ali added: “It was great to welcome the Shadow Rail Minister to Pendle and for her to listen to rail users’ concerns. I expressed my concerns over how billions of pounds were being invested in HS2 and train services in the south of England while local lines like Colne to Preston has an hourly service and very poor rolling stock.
“We need investment in better trains and investment in linking Colne to Skipton so it opens up opportunities for jobs and business growth.“
Azhar went on to say: “We don’t need more money thrown at the big cities at the expenses of East Lancashire and Pendle. What we want is investment in a HS3 which links Preston to Skipton via Colne and unlocks the potential of West Craven and Pendle!”