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FAST new rail lines will not al­ter Val­ley’s trans­port woes (Scrib­bler, Septem­ber 1)

Nathan McLean: What Rossendale needs is its own rail link - ide­ally this would form a loop from Bury us­ing the East Lancs Rail­way line, tak­ing in Rams­bot­tom and end­ing in Rawten­stall. Then, a sec­ond line, from Rochdale, through to Bacup should be added. Then, we could go one step fur­ther and link the two lines by run­ning them through Water­foot. How­ever, this will never hap­pen, be­cause of the costs in­volved for the num­ber of peo­ple who would ben­e­fit and use the ser­vice. De­pend­ing on where you live in the val­ley, and of course how much you are pre­pared to pay, you can be in Manch­ester within 40 min­utes via rail when us­ing an ex­press ser­vice from Todmorden (Bacup to Tod by car is 10 mins, park up, train is 24 min­utes). The only is­sue is trav­el­ling from Tod is that al­though you will be guar­an­teed a seat, an an­nual ticket costs ap­prox £1,500 per year, whereas if you travel from Rochdale (20 mins in car, park, 15 mins on train) this cost re­duces to ap­prox £800, but you will be stood, and very likely be hav­ing your per­sonal space in­vaded. Niall Hig­son: Rossendale al­ready had a very good rail­way net­work un­til for­ward think­ing 1960s politi­cians got there hands on it! The only way you will get the rail­way back to Rossendale now is via Castleton junc­tion with some sort of agree­ment with the ELR, though they have al­ready said they don’t want main­line trains us­ing their rail­way, or an ex­ten­sion of the Rochdale metrolink line up through Whitworth to Bacup, more vi­able as it can run on its own set re­serve As well as road, but there is no po­lit­i­cal ap­petite for it as Metrolink be­longs to TFGM who only look at their own op­er­at­ing area! Adam Parker: I don’t want to live in the city, I like liv­ing in Rossendale. How­ever the lack of job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the area forces many to com­mute into Manch­ester. I do a daily trek into Manch­ester on a slug­gishly slow X43 which is ridicu­lously time con­sum­ing and ex­pen­sive.

There needs to be dis­cus­sions and ne­go­ti­a­tions to pro­vide Rossendale with a train or tram it to the city. Jan Dod­geon: Com­pletely agree. Point­less shav­ing 20 mins off in­ter­city train jour­neys when it takes an hour and a half to get to a main line sta­tion in the first place. Scrap HS2 and in­vest in re­gional rail­ways and trams - Jake Berry please note! Gerry Walker: Or any­where else in my opin­ion!

What’s 20 min­utes sav­ing from Birm­ing­ham to Lon­don! Don’t like ei­ther place at all! Michael Bick­er­ton: If he can­not get de­cent broad­band for some of us how the hell’s he going to sort this out?

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