Amanda Milling, Member of Parliament for Cannock Chase continues to fight for a better service on Chase Line
Cannock Chase MP Amanda Milling has again raised the plight of Chase Line passengers in the House of Commons specifically raising the issue of delayed, cancelled and partly cancelled trains.
In recent weeks, Amanda has been campaigning to get various issues with the Chase Line addressed, in particular, the severe over-crowding on peak time trains which are often only made up of two coaches. This saw the Cannock Chase MP travel on the 5.58am train from Rugeley Town last week so that she could experience the service first hand.
Amongst the complaints Amanda has been receiving is the issue of cancelled or partly cancelled trains which sees the problem of over-crowding made worse as passengers from more than one train pack onto one train, often only made up of two coaches. She raised the issue of cancelled trains with the Rail Minister, Paul Maynard MP, as well as the problems faced by passengers who travel to and from the Rugeley stations when the service is partly cancelled.
Amanda Milling MP said: “We have numerous issues at the moment with the Chase Line and I wanted to raise this with the Minister once again. I wanted to specifically highlight the issues of cancelled and partly cancelled trains which people have been telling me about. This is making the problems faced by passengers even worse. The trains can’t cope with the number of passengers already travelling on these peak time trains so when services are cancelled or partly cancelled the over-crowding issues are even worse.”
The Cannock Chase MP met with representatives from London Midland earlier this week to discuss the issues being experienced by Chase Line passengers and put pressure on the train operator to run services with more carriages on the peak time services. Amanda has also launched a petition calling on London Midland to put on trains with more carriages on these commuter services. She is urging passengers of the line to sign this petition.
Amanda continued: “I met with London Midland earlier this week to discuss the various issues that the Chase Line passengers are experiencing. This included raising the issue of peak time trains being only made up of two coaches, resulting in severe over-crowding, which I experienced for myself when I travelled on the 5.58am service from Rugeley Town last week. I made it clear that these services need to be made up of more coaches and I have launched a petition calling on London Midland to address this. I would urge passengers to sign the petition as well as record their experiences which I hope will highlight the strength of feeling about this issue.”
Passengers can sign the petition and record their comments by visiting https://www.change.org/p/london-midland-more-carriages-on-the-chase-line.