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More carriages to ease congestion

Crowded train
Congestion has increased since 3 October

Extra carriages have been added to some trains into Manchester from Monday after problems with overcrowding.

Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) said 120 extra seats will be added to five separate services on the Rochdale and Huddersfield lines.

Two carriages will each be added to two trains in the morning rush hour and three in the evening, GMITA said.

The increase in the number of passengers is thought to be due to the Oldham Loop Line closure on 3 October.

Passengers have complained they can often not get on the Northern Rail trains because they are so full.

'Speedy response'

From Monday, the 0744 service from Todmorden into Manchester Victoria via Rochdale and the 1648 train from Wigan Wallgate to Rochdale via Victoria will have more carriages.

The 0657 service from Huddersfield to Southport via Ashton, the 1700 Manchester Victoria to Leeds and the 1727 train from Manchester Victoria on the Huddersfield line will also have more seats from 26 October.

Councillor Keith Whitmore, chairman of GMITA, said: "I am grateful to Northern (Rail) for their speedy response to our endeavours and for making the necessary arrangements to get these trains up and running for passengers who desperately need them."

Lee Wasnidge, from Northern Rail, said he was happy customers were being helped and would look at the continuing demand on the rail network in the area.

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