West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is delighted by Lancashire County Council’s confirmation of their £4.7 million investment to support the development of the Skelmersdale railway project over the next two years.
These monies alongside any further financial support from organisations potentially including Merseytravel will be used to take forward two specific tasks.
- A study to find the best location for a new Skelmersdale station
- Developing a remit for the next technical stage, GRIP 3, which will be completed in 2016 with the detailed study work beginning in 2017. This GRIP 3 study will confirm the feasibility of the route and the associated highway work required.
Following confirmation of the significant funding commitment from Lancashire County Council, MP Rosie said:
“This significant and substantial investment from Lancashire County Council to fund the next stages of the Skelmersdale Railway Project is fantastic news.
“Delivering a new railway doesn’t happen overnight. Considerable work is necessary to understand the demand for the service, the technical feasibility that there is a route to build a railway and the financial viability of the project.
“However, this latest announcement is positive and is another step closer to rail services in Skelmersdale becoming a reality. We have to recognise that we have come along way since this campaign began when a railway station in Skelmersdale was not on anyone’s plans or priorities now it is well and truly.
“As I have said previously, I believe that a railway station in Skelmersdale will open up a world of opportunities and possibilities for the town and its residents. I will continue to campaign and fight to see this rail service delivered in Skelmersdale as it is an essential part of a new future for Skelmersdale.”