West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has been exploring how the High Speed Rail link 2 could benefit vital transport schemes in West Lancashire. Rosie used a Parliamentary Question to ask the Transport Secretary if he had made any assessment of the potential benefits to the area.
MP Rosie has been campaigning for the past few years to secure progress and investment for rail projects such as the Burscough Curves and for a new railway station for Skelmersdale.
West Lancashire MP Rosie said:
“Fast, efficient transport services are a vital part of building a stronger economy in the UK and in our communities. Good transport links can deliver real economic benefits. For this reason I support in-principle the proposal for the High Speed Rail 2 services.
“However, the High Speed Rail project is great as a flagship transport development. I want to make sure that there is also investment in local transport services as well. Through investment at this local level we can deliver economic benefits for towns not just cities.
“I continue to express my exasperation that there is no direct route from Ormskirk to Southport and that a town the size of Skelmersdale has no train service at all. The limitations of our transport services are limiting the opportunities from which the people of West Lancashire could be benefiting.
“I will continue to fight hard to make the relevant authorities and Ministers aware of these local schemes and that High Speed Rail 2 is not the be all and end all.”
Rosie recently met with the North West Rail Campaign when the Burscough Curves and the Skelmersdale Railway projects were discussed.