Yesterday’s posting was quoted at length in the Examiner, and now we feel under pressure to write something about today so as to help them fill their newspaper with things other than the random musings of that weatherman of theirs.
So, here goes.
Issues on day three. First the good news. The morning service towards Leeds appears to have worked ok, as has the evening service back from Leeds.
Now the bad news. Once again, multiple cancellations in the morning peak towards Manchester, services being terminated short at Stalybridge and services skipping Mossley & Slaithwaite to make up time. Whilst it might be operationally convenient for TPE to terminate late running services short, it should be the passengers that matter, and their plans involved getting to Manchester not being abandoned in Stalybridge.
Today, between 1347 and 1647, there have been no services linking Manchester and Slaithwaite.
We have been advised by some Manchester-bound commuters that they are already abandoning the train and making alternative travel plans.
Initially, all we were looking for from TPE was to be better than Northern, which was setting the bar really low. But, for whatever reason (and there may be things outside their control), it seems even that was asking for too much.