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24.06.14

Two new miles of track to allow more Blackburn-Manchester trains

Plans for two new miles of railway at Darwen in Lancashire to “dramatically improve” rail services between Blackburn and Manchester have been backed local politicians, the council and Network Rail.

The £13.35m project would be funded by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and delivered by Network Rail, allowing an extra off-peak service every hour between Blackburn in Manchester.

Subject to funding confirmation and approval, construction work could start in summer 2015 and services in December 2016, as design works are always “well underway”.

Supporters include council leader Cllr Kate Hollern, Blackburn MP Jack Straw, and Darwen & Rossendale MP Jake Berry, who signed an agreement at a ceremony at Blackburn Town Hall.

Cllr Hollern said: “This agreement is the culmination of years of planning and negotiations between the council, Network Rail and partners and I’m delighted we have now reached this position. This is an important step towards dramatically improving connectivity between Pennine Lancashire and Greater Manchester, opening up opportunities for investment in the area as we become more accessible for people working in Manchester.”

Ian Joslin, area director for Network Rail, added: “Across the north we are already delivering more than £1bn worth of improvements to provide a better service and support and boost the economy. We look forward to working with Blackburn with Darwen Council to deliver improved links to Manchester and the wider rail network”

Straw said: "It's a brilliant day for East Lancashire rail users and gives me great satisfaction because it's the culmination of eight years campaigning to get this investment. East Lancashire's future critically depends on better connectivity with Manchester."

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Jb   27/06/2014 at 18:52

But where are the two new miles of new track located??

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