Civils and stations

26.02.19

Councillors push for three railway hubs to reopen in expansion of Lancashire rail network

A cross-party call has been issued in Lancashire for major railway hubs in Chorley, Fleetwood, and Leyland to be reopened.

The Lancashire County Council Labour Group had a motion to commission feasibility studies into the reopening of three train stations denied earlier this month, but the motion has now moved forward in order to “benefit thousands of residents.”

In a demand for an expansion of the railway network in Lancashire, councillors have called for Coppull railway station, Midge Hall in Leyland, and Fleetwood to be reopened.

Cllr Kim Snape, who tabled the defeated amendment, stated: “This is important for the people’s future, economically and environmentally, which all makes sense.

“Despite the fact that the Conservatives voted this down I got the feeling that everyone in the chamber supported the development of Midge Hall Station, Back on Track in Fleetwood, and Coppull Station.

“These projects take years to develop and politicians will come and go, but our communities we serve are here to stay.”

A feasibility study into Midge Hall has already been commissioned, and a cost analysis for one at Fleetwood is to be undertaken

Cllr Snape added: “At next week’s full council meeting I will be asking the cabinet member for highways and transport to work with us to develop the Midge Hall Train Station and begin cross party work to enable Lancashire to become a council that delivers for the people we all serve.

“This will hopefully be the start of a cooperation that will build on our agreements and not divide us over the differences.”

Conservative councillors also backed the move forward and supported plans to reopen the stations, with councillor Michael Green stating that he has campaigning for 16 years.

Leader of the county council, Geoff Driver, also supported the plans, but said it was “a great pity that some county councillors seem more intent on promoting their own interests rather than those of the residents,” stating that Snape was claiming credit for something long underway.

Lancashire County Council said: “A study is currently being carried out to explore the feasibility of reopening Midge Hall Railway Station and we will consider the next steps once we receive the report in a few weeks’ time.”

Image credit - Nigel Thompson 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets ou... more >
Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge gro... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >