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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

North West Rail Cuts

Commenting on the news that funding to revamp Manchester Victoria, Stockport and Wigan North Western Stations has been cut, Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber, said: "This is a devastating blow for the region. Victoria was named as one of the worst stations in the country and is in desperate need of a revamp. To have the money pulled in 24 hours is very worrying and I hope that this is not a sign of how this government will operate.

"As any commuter will tell you, the facilities at Victoria are simply not good enough for a modern city. Wigan and Stockport are not in as dire a state as Victoria, but both are major stations which badly need investment to bring them up to modern standards.

"All these stations needed was a relatively small amount of public money which would then draw in private sector investment. We will be writing to the new Secretary of State for Transport to voice our concern and call for a rethink."

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