Railways: Greater Manchester

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 26 October 2021.

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Photo of Chris Clarkson Chris Clarkson Conservative, Heywood and Middleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of restoring the twice-hourly train service between Castleton and Manchester following the lifting of covid-19 public health restrictions.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Passengers currently have an hourly service between Manchester and Castleton which increases to two trains per hour during the morning and evening peak. Northern operates on a complex network and like other operators, it has to make difficult decisions to maximise the number of services it can offer to customers whilst maintaining a high-performing railway that people can rely on.

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