West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper spoke in a Parliamentary debate calling for investment in local schemes, such as Burscough Curves, a railway for Skelmersdale and an Ormskirk bypass not just High Speed Rail 2.
Rosie’s used the debate to highlight how there are significant benefits that can be achieved with the development of the High Speed Rail 2 being extended to the North West. These benefits include improving the capacity of local transport services that will feed into the High Speed rail service.
MP Rosie said:
“On the 50th anniversary of Skelmersdale new town there is still no railway service in the town; the fact that you cannot get a direct train between Southport and Ormskirk in 2011 is scandalous; and the lack of an Ormskirk bypass is shameful.
“Projects like High Speed Rail 2 can only be at their maximum performance if they are well served by good local services that feed into the mainline services. We are nowhere near to providing such services from West Lancashire at the moment.
“I wanted to speak in this debate to highlight the major transport problems we have in West Lancashire. It is sad given that we are at the cross-roads of the North West. For people travelling between East to West and North to South they will often pass through West Lancashire.
“We need to keep schemes like Burscough Curves, Skelmersdale Railway Station and Ormskirk bypass high on the agenda to remind people of the need to invest in improving those local transport services and I will continue to do just that.