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1998-12-15 ORR-001
Office of the Rail Regulator


Regulator allows closure of Pendleton station

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Office of the Rail Regulator

Regulator allows closure of Pendleton station

15 December 1998
source Office of the Rail Regulator
type Press release

note ORR/98/37

The Rail Regulator, Chris Bolt, has today given his consent to a proposal by the British Railways Board to close Pendleton station in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Following severe damage by an arson attack in July 1994, the British Railways Board proposed the station closure on the grounds that, due to low passenger usage, repair did not represent good value for money. After 13 objections were received, the Regulator's statutory period for the decision was extended by six months to allow the City of Salford Council to negotiate with Railtrack, North West Trains and Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive with a view to agreeing a funding package to restore services to the station.

However a study, made to determine the viability of the station based on the level and cost of facilities needed against potential revenue, confirmed the low demand. With a lack of evidence to support a business case for re-opening the station the Regulator therefore decided to give his consent to closure.

Despite a call by the Rail Users' Consultative Committee (RUCC) for North Western England to preserve the platform for five years in case circumstances change, the Regulator does not consider it appropriate to attach such a condition to this closure in the light of the surveyed level of
potential usage.

Persons objecting to the Regulator's decision may appeal to the Secretary of State by giving notice in writing, including a statement of the reasons for grievance. Any appeals should be made no later than 12 January 1999 (within four weeks of the decision) and should be addressed to: c/o Paul
Hogg, Railways Directorate, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Zone 3/33 Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR. Facsimile no. 0171 676 2156.

Notes for Editors
1. Usage of Pendleton station declined from 1986 as passengers switched to services from nearby Salford Crescent. At the time of the fire in July 1994 only four trains a day were running from the station. After the damage the station was closed on safety grounds.
2. The Franchising Director advertised the closure and, in assessing the impact of the closure the RUCC for North Western England concluded (on 6 May 1998) that no hardship would result from closure as no trains had called at Pendleton for four years. Their recommendation for restoration
was based on the belief, unsupported by the study carried out this year, that reopening would represent good value for money in the long term.
3. The Regulator announced on 2 June 1998 a postponement of the decision on closure following a request by the City of Salford Council in May 1998. Although the study confirmed the possibility that rebuilding could be funded and services be restored to the station, a forecast of patronage
could not justify the work.
4. A copy of the Regulator's decision has been placed on his public register and can be inspected any working day between 10.00- 1600 hrs at the Office of the Rail Regulator, 1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2TQ. A copy of the decision is available at the appropriate
fee. Requests for a copy of the decision should be addressed to Sue MacSwan, Librarian, at the above address or accessed via the website address http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/
6. Under Sections 37 and 41 of the Railways Act 1993 a person providing railway passenger services or the operator of a station must seek the Regulator's consent to any proposal to discontinue all passenger services on any line or from any station or to terminate the use of a station where the station in question has, as any time within the preceding five years, been used in connection with the provision of any services for the carriage of passengers by railway.

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