Page last updated at 06:57 GMT, Wednesday, 14 October 2009 07:57 UK

Extra carriages on packed trains

Crowded train
Some passengers are left on the platform due to the packed trains

Transport bosses have promised extra train carriages on a commuter line into Manchester after complaints of overcrowding.

Northern Rail services from Rochdale to the city centre are attracting high numbers of passengers because the Oldham loop is shut for Metrolink work.

Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) said it was acting "urgently" to tackle the problem.

Five extra carriages are to be added to try to ease the congestion.

Passengers have complained that they can often not get on the trains because they are so full on the Rochdale and Huddersfield lines into the city centre.

'Daily misery'

The Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) is to pay for the five carriages freed up by the closure of the Oldham Loop Line on 3 October.

Councillor Keith Whitmore, chairman of GMITA, said he was "bitterly disappointed" not to have funding support from Northern Rail.

"I completely share the frustrations of passengers who have been left out in the cold on platforms along the Rochdale and Huddersfield lines over the past week because of the unwillingness of others to take action," he said.

"Both lines were overcrowded at times before the Oldham Loop Line closed and many former Loop Line passengers have been trying to squeeze on to these trains, especially at Ashton, Rochdale, Castleton and Mills Hill.

"I am not prepared to stand aside and watch this daily misery continue.

"This is why I am instructing our officers to prepare a financial contribution that will get some of these carriages back into operation urgently to relieve the overcrowding."

Talks are to continue with Northern Rail and the Department for Transport over help with paying for the extra space.

Northern Rail said it had not acted because of funding issues and that it was not as easy as simply adding extra trains.

It said "the cost of operating those trains is far higher than the passenger revenue they generate and that gap has to be closed in order to pay for the trains to run".



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