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Letters - June 12, 2018

Part of the new sea defences at Rossall, which have captivated Weekly News reader Christine Cross
Part of the new sea defences at Rossall, which have captivated Weekly News reader Christine Cross

What a lovely place we live in

We recently had a walk along from Cleveleys to Fleetwood, taking in the new Rossall sea defence wall. What a wonderful feat of engineering this is.

The scenery is to die for and I hope and trust it will be looked after by the public who will use it.

I can’t think of many places that can better the wonderful scenery that we are able to enjoy here in Lancashire, other than in the rest of Northern England.

Would that we could have the balmy days we have enjoyed lately more often, although every kind of weather has its own merits when you are fortunate enough to live in an area like ours.

Christine Cross

via email

TRANSPORT

Bus passengers are also suffering

What Northern Rail don’t realise is that their incompetence has had a knock-on effect, with Blackpool Transport’s new fleet of buses commissioned for rail replacement, as opposed to covering service routes still running older model.

The older buses are uncomfortable, with little room between seats. They’re also noisy and almost past their sell-by date.

I suppose the discomfort of the older bus fleet I can put up with if the Palladium buses are giving relief to rail passengers, unlike Northern Rail management, who should be clapped in Poulton’s Market Square stocks for rail sufferers to pelt them with rotten fruit and veg!

Clifford Chambers

via email

New bid to help rail passengers win compensation

TRANSPORT

We need a 21st century railway

I am writing to support the northern newspapers’ call for the Prime Minister to ‘get a grip’ on the chaos caused to passengers by the new timetable introduced by Northern Rail.

The truth is that Theresa May and the Transport Secretary, referred to by colleagues in the Conservative Party these days as Failing Grayling, are badly letting down passengers in the north of England.

The fault lies with Mr Grayling; the Department for Transport; Network Rail; and Northern Rail, which does not employ enough drivers to deliver the service it promised, in its franchise application, to deliver; and which started training drivers – giving drivers the route knowledge they need – far too late.

It makes a mockery of the idea of a Northern Powerhouse. The lack of investment in rail in the north is an utter disgrace; the north receives £2,555 less per person than London in rail investment each year (£1,600 per person compared with £4,155).

As train drivers, and as a progressive trade union, we believe in a modern railway, fit for passengers, and staff, to help build a better Britain in the 21st century.

Mick Whelan

General secretary, ASLEF

Train drivers’ union

CHARITY

A week to think about volunteers

This month we celebrate Volunteers’ Week, and I’d like to take a moment to recognise the invaluable contribution of volunteers.

Did you know it is estimated that as many as 15.2 million people volunteer at least once a month in the UK? Over the years, experience has taught us that there can be many different reasons for someone wanting to volunteer, but no matter the reason, volunteers are often united in a common goal – their desire to make a difference.

I work for Revitalise, which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers. We are also proud to run the largest residential volunteering programme of any UK charity, welcoming thousands of volunteers every year.

To find out more about Revitalise, or if you’re interested in being a volunteer visit www.revitalise.org.uk or call our volunteer team on: 0303 303 0163.

Stephanie Stone

Revitalise, www.revitalise.org.uk