Train travellers miss out on event

A TRAIN operator has come under fire after passengers were left stranded – missing out on seeing the Olympic Torch.

With rolling roadblocks in operation many decided to leave their cars at home and use public transport to travel to Buxton and enjoy the celebrations.

But with only two carriages in operation, as normal, the train was so full that many would-be passengers were not able to get on at Whaley Bridge or Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Martin Mullis, one of those left standing on the station at Chapel-en-le-Frith, said he and a friend had joined about 50 other people at the station.

“Although the platform was full of people we expected that Northern Rail would have made contingencies for the obvious peak of demand on this afternoon.

“Our hearts sank as only the normal two little carriages trundled up from the direction of Whaley Bridge. I say trundled, as the poor passengers on the train were packed like sardines in the carriages.”

He said it was clear only a brave few were even going to attempt to board the train and the rest made their way back into Chapel.

Martin made his own way to Buxton deciding to cycle, but others were not so lucky.

Joselyn Rankin, Public Relations Manager for Northern Rail, told the Advertiser: “Due to the nature of the Olympic torch relay, it has been difficult for our planning teams to predict the volume of passengers expected on specific routes.

“We were unable to provide additional carriages into Buxton on Friday June 29 as to do so would have taken capacity away from peak-time commuter services into and out of Manchester.

“Where events have taken place outside of peak hours, we have been able to provide additional carriages, where and when they were available.

“We would like to apologise to any passengers who were unable to board.”