Given the focus on train travel at the moment (HS2 etc.), why is the service between Holmes Chapel and Manchester so poor?
On a Saturday night, the last train that stops at Holmes Chapel from Manchester departs from Manchester at 11.05pm. So there’s no prospect of going to a club or have a full night out because you’re scurrying back to get this ridiculously early train. Even if you’re somewhere like the Phones4U arena, you’ll probably find yourself leaving your concert early to make sure you don’t miss that train as it’s a £50+ taxi fare back if you do.
And even if you get that particular train, because it’s hourly, it’ll probably be packed full of loud beer bottle clutching drunken people.
It’s such a shame that with so little to do in Holmes Chapel at night, we can’t even take advantage of what’s on offer in Manchester. I know you probably shouldn’t compare Manchester to London but the difference in transport links is staggering.
Unfortunately I don’t have a solution. I suspect that many people travelling on those later trains travel for “free” because conductors don’t seem keen to check for fares (and I don’t blame them considering the state some of the travelers are in – in fact our return train was delayed because a ticket inspector had been assaulted on the incoming train from Crewe) so the revenue for the line probably appears to be very low. I was on this route last weekend and we didn’t have our tickets checked in either direction and so could have traveled “free” had we been minded to take a chance. (We weren’t). Why don’t the train company hire a second ticket inspector, which would give them a little more confidence to deal with and require payment from drunken travellers, I’m sure they would vastly increase the amount of money collected in tickets. Maybe this would encourage them to lay on more trains? What do you think?
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