Rossendale Free Press

What’s coming down track for Lancashire?


FIVE potential Lancashire rail projects were submitted as part of the third round of the Restoring Your Railway “ideas fund” earlier this year – bidding for a 75 percent government contributi­on, up to £50,000, of the costs of economic studies and the creation of business cases to support the proposals.

However, only one of them – to reconnect Rawtenstal­l and Manchester – was successful when the outcome of the process was announced late last month.

There is now no imminent prospect of studies into the other suggestion­s – to reopen Midge Hall Station in South Ribble, which closed in 1961; to reinstate the 1.4-mile stretch of track known as the “Burscough Curves”, which would allow for direct train travel between Preston and Southport; to build a new station at Coppull in Chorley, over 50 years after the previous stop closed; and to make various improvemen­ts in and around Pendle.

 ?? Google ?? ●●Rawtenstal­l Railway Station could be reconnecte­d to Manchester
Google ●●Rawtenstal­l Railway Station could be reconnecte­d to Manchester

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