West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper made a plea to Government Ministers not to forget West Lancashire when it comes to rail investment.
MP Rosie made the comments during a Parliamentary debate on the Nothern Hub rail project on Wednesday 18th January. Rosie put the case that to make our rail network as efficient and effective it is not enough to be investing in just the major routes and focusing on core cities. It is essential to invest and improve the services that feed into the major routes as well.
MP Rosie said:
“There is a lot of focus on rail service investment at present after High Speed 2 was given the go ahead; and investments in the Northern Hub project. I thought it important to make the case for investment for West Lancashire as well.
“We are very much the crossroads for the North West sitting between Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. If you are travelling North and South, East and West that more than likely you will have to pass through West Lancashire. Our local train services all connect to the main line services.
“Without any investment the danger is West Lancashire will become ever more isolated and disconnected as the surrounding services improve. This cannot be allowed to happen as this would weaken the entire rail network.
Rosie has been campaigning for several years for investment for electrification of the Ormskirk –Preston line and money for the Burscough Curves project. She has also championed the fight to have a railway station in Skelmesdale where there are no services currently. Rosie argued in her speech of the need for such services in West Lancashire’s most populated town.
Rosie Cooper added:
“I have always believed that Skelmersdale needs a railway service. It would open up so many economic, social and cultural opportunities for the town and its residents. At a time of major investment and development with the new college and the redevelopment of the town centre in Skelmersdale then improving its transport services would be a real boost.”