Is there any relevant truth in this claim? To what era does it refer? Was it in relation to types of operation such as locomotive changes or parcels traffic that are no longer relevant? I thought that passenger numbers at Preston had risen dramatically over the past 20 years on the back of service increases. More recently many trains have been increased in length, e.g. 11 car Pendolinos against 9 car and 4 car EMUs against 2 car DMUs. Further changes to rolling stock are still under way and the platform lengths (apart from the little-used south end bays) seem to have plenty of ‘stretch’, e.g. for 8 car EMU formations.