West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper took the case for a railway station to Westminster in her continued campaign to bring rail services to the heart of the new Skelmersdale town centre.
Speaking in a Westminster Hall Debate this week, Rosie made the case that a railway station in Skelmersdale’s redeveloped town centre will deliver a real boost to the regeneration of the town and open up a wealth of new opportunities for the town’s residents.
MP Rosie said:
“With all the talk of investment in mainline rail services, such as High Speed 2, the importance of local services seems to get lost. Having the opportunity through this debate to once again put a railway station on the agenda was great.
“We have a brand new £42 million College campus, the redevelopment of the town centre is due to begin in the near future. I believe the development of a railway station is the next stage of regeneration in Skelmersdale.
“With the Rail Minister present I was able to make the case of how a railway station in the town would make a real difference to the lives of so many residents, open up greater opportunities and offer a real boost to the regeneration of the town centre.
“Merseytravel even have a map showing their aspirations for the future development of the rail network. It includes a Skelmersdale Central station. I will continue working hard and calling for investment in a railway station every chance I get. We need to make this aspiration a reality.”
During the debate MP Rosie once again called for the land required for a railway station in the town centre to be safeguarded, saying
“It would be a travesty if that development went ahead without some land being reserved for a rail station.”
At the recent Skelmersdale Summit meeting held by Rosie, Skelmersdale railway station was on the top of the agenda. The meeting was given a presentation by local rail group OPSTA on the possible options from bringing rail services into the centre of Skelmersdale.