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15.06.12

East Lancashire calls for new rail link to Manchester

A potential rail link between East Lancashire and Manchester has been discussed at a meeting between local politicians and transport minister Theresa Villiers.

Cllr Alyson Barnes and MP Jake Berry met Villiers inLondonto consider how the borough’s connections could be improved. A railway line in the Valley, costing around £28m, was identified as a key priority.

Other options are also being considered, including upgrading the heritage line between Rawtenstall and Bury.

Cllr Barnes told the Lancashire Telegraph: “The business community in Rossendale has identified a rail link as its number one priority and the borough council support that.

“The M66 is a nightmare for commuters at present, one of the worst roads for congestion in the country.

“We have already received support, in principle, fromRochdaleand Bury councils. It’s a complex scheme and we will need some sort of capital investment, but the fact is we are the only area inLancashirewithout proper rail links.

 “One problem is that money made from commuters may not cover the costs of the scheme but we are keen to emphasise the broader economic potential.”

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