Plea to invest in transport

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A TRADERS’ chief wants greater investment to be made in transport as capacity on road and rail head for crisis point.

The plea from John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade, comes as the company which runs the single track rail line into South Fylde admits it is having to resort to drastic measures as some trains at weekend are packed with travellers.

Tourists have contacted the Express, horrified trains have been so full on Saturdays that trips to Lytham and St Annes have resulted in them having to stay on the train to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and then get off at their required stop on the way back to Preston.

One elderly visitor, who did not wish to be named, said: “It was horrible – and very scary. I think I will be looking for another weekend shopping destination if the trains are going to be so full.

“It is bad enough struggling to get a seat but when the train is so packed that we can’t get off at our required stops, something is wrong.”

Mr Moxham was concerned to hear of that particular visitor’s experience – and said it further highlighted misgivings about the local transport system which he said came to a head during the recent Open Golf tournament at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Full story in this week’s Express.