The Anonymous Widower

Where Is The Todmorden Curve When You Need It?

In my view, one of the biggest sins in good project management is to do jobs in the incorrect sequence.

In recent months, two important projects have been scheduled in the north of Lancashire.

Todmorden Curve

The Todmoden Curve is a short stretch of railway that will improve train services between Burnley and Blackburn to Manchester Victoria, by way of Todmorden and Rochdale.

The first train ran in May 2014 and from May 16th this year, there will be a full service.

Farnworth Tunnel

The Farnworth Tunnel has to be enlarged for electrification and it means that for the next few months, the direct route from Preston to Manchester will be very much reduced in capacity.

Work on this will start soon and the new reduced service kicked in today.

My Journey Today

At Preston on Friday, I asked if there would be a normal Blackburn Manchester service by the Ribble Valley Line. I was told yes and on reading the handouts from Virgin, there was no mention of any diversions or altered services.

But when I arrived at Blackburn station, I was told there was a bus to Salford Crescent, from where I could get a train to Manchester Piccadilly.

The bus took nearly ninety minutes and then I had to wait another twenty to get a train to Manchester Victoria, from where I got a tram to Piccadilly. There I got a train to Euston, which although it did go by a roundabout route because of engineering works, brought me safely to London.

It would have been so much easier to get from Blackburn to Manchester if the services by the Todmorden Curve were started before the partial closure of the Farnworth route.

The fact that the curve wasn’t opened before work on the tunnel started was a disgrace and it unnecessarily inconvenienced lots of passengers.

May 2, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

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