West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper during her appearance on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Show North West highlighted the need for investment in local rail services, such as the need for a Skelmersdale railway station and the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves, not just a constant focus on high speed inter-city services like the HS3 route announced last week between Manchester and Leeds.
Speaking after the programme MP Rosie said:
“George Osborne announcing plans for HS3 which may happen in 2030, 2040 or perhaps 2050 is of no use to West Lancashire residents today who have more immediate travel needs.
“Reducing travel times between Manchester and Leeds in the future doesn’t mean a great deal when residents need services to get to and from work, to college and university or to see family and friends.
“There has to be greater recognition of the need to invest in local rail service. West Lancashire needs to see announcements for investment in a railway station in Skelmersdale and for reinstating the Burscough Curves. All around us rail services are being electrified and yet West Lancashire is left with a few diesel trains chugging up and down soon to be going nowhere.
“It’s no use having superfast inter-city train services if investment in local services are neglected and places like West Lancashire ignored. People rely on local services for going about their day-to-day lives which shouldn’t be forgotten when investing in rail services.”