At the most recent Skelmersdale Summit meeting held by MP Rosie Cooper a railway station for Skelmersdale was top of the agenda.
The meeting heard from local rail experts, OPSTA, how putting a railway station, in the heart of the new-look town centre could become a reality.
MP Rosie invited Bob Robinson from OPSTA to give the Skelmersdale Summit meeting a presentation of the groups work on possibilities for a railway station in Skelmersdale. Bob showed representatives from West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency how a route of the Kirkby-Wigan line could bring vital rail services right into the centre of Skelmersdale.
MP Rosie said:
“Now we have the plans for the redevelopment of the town centre, it is vital that we push ahead on delivering a railway station for Skelmersdale as well. I am grateful to OPSTA’s Bob Robinson for coming along to show us what can be achieved with a little commitment to the idea.
“What the presentation showed is that a railway station in Skelmersdale town centre is possible. It won’t happen overnight but it is essential that we do the ground work now.
“There are two urgent matters that need resolving. First, the proposed location of the petrol station on the plans for the new town centre. Its current location is right on the spot of the potential railway station site. Second, West Lancashire Borough Council needs to safeguard this land for future use. If it is built on then it could end all hope of ever getting the railway.
Rosie Cooper MP has championed the need for a railway station in Skelmersdale during her time as the Member of Parliament for the area. Rosie added:
“For a number of years now I have continually highlighted the importance a rail service for Skelmersdale. It would offer a real cultural, economic and social boost for the whole area. For the most populated town in West Lancashire not to have a rail service in the 21st century is crazy.
“I will continue to fight the corner for a railway station in Skelmersdale until it is built.”