Rail Services: Cheshire

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

My right hon. Friend is a great champion for the commuters in her area. There is a commitment within the franchise to deliver additional services on the mid-Cheshire line, but this has proved to be very challenging operationally because of capacity issues in the area, particularly around Manchester and through Stockport. I have been clear that although I want to see the additional capacity delivered as soon as possible, this cannot be done at the expense of performance. Delivering a railway that passengers can rely on is the absolute priority. All options are being looked at to deliver these additional services. I will keep the House fully apprised of progress and this matter will be a priority for me.