No plans for rail link contrast with HS2 billions
WHEN the company behind Northern Rail was given the franchise to run services in the North, one of their commitments was to look at whether East Lancashire could have a direct connection to Manchester Airport.
With depressing predictability, Northern have concluded that there’s not enough capacity in and around Manchester to support such a service – despite tens of millions of pounds being spent on improving capacity in and around Manchester.
Northern say they hope they can ‘revisit’ the idea in the future but have ‘no definitive plans’ at the moment about the service.
Things like this contrast starkly with the £75bn being spent on creating HS2, the high-speed train service which will ultimately make journeys between Manchester and London faster.
Those journeys are only two hours at the moment anyway, roughly as long as it’ll take you to get from Rossendale to Manchester Airport via public transport.
East Lancashire’s railways are in a poor state, despite the opening of the Todmorden curve to provide new services from the area into Manchester.
The trains are old, the services often unreliable and timetables packed with stops to make journeys long.
We often talk about the fact Rossendale doesn’t have a working rail link for commuter services.
The poor state of the services East Lancashire does have, and the flat refusal to improve them, shows just how far away we are from ever seeing regular trains running to this area again.
There doesn’t appear to be a will by those in charge to give East Lancashire a decent train service.
●● An artist’s impression of an HS2 train - £75bn is being spent on the high-speed train service to make journeys between Manchester and London faster