MP calls on Rail Minister to improve Alsager rail services

Alsager-railway-stationJPG low resAlsager MP Fiona Bruce spoke in a debate on ‘Rail Services in North Stafordshire’ calling for better rail services in Alsager.

Mrs Bruce pointed out that there were a number of issues concerned residents had raised, she said, “Earlier this month, I held a surgery late one evening at Congleton station. I was impressed, though not entirely surprised, that no less than 30 to 40 residents came along on a dark wintry evening. I know from my postbag that there are considerable concerns in my constituency about train services.

“Many of the points raised by residents at that meeting are echoed by residents in Alsager. They include a lack of joined-up thinking by rail companies on the services and timing of trains; trains are too infrequent and often overcrowded, and they stop too early in the evening; and there is some confusion and a perception of unfairness about charges.”

Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport responded:

“One particular feature of colleague concern has been communication and collaboration between the different parts of our rail network, whether on the detail of the timings at Alsager, or on the services to London — which I believe will continue but, from May next year, are likely to go via New Street station in Birmingham.

“My hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) highlighted a number of other questions, as have a lot of colleagues, and I will go through the record of the debate to ensure that I write to everyone with the detailed answers they sought. From May next year, however, she may at least expect an attractive service via New Street.”

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