West Lancashire’s Rosie Cooper said:
“I’m absolutely delighted that after years of campaigning alongside local residents, the Government has confirmed that Skelmersdale railway station will be built. I have taken every opportunity to lobby Ministers, ask questions in Parliament and make the case for a railway station in Skelmersdale.
“Many Skelmersdale residents felt isolated and forgotten. They thought the railway station would never be built – it was already well on its way but after today it’s a lot closer!
“A railway station in the heart of Skelmersdale will open up a world of economic and social opportunities for the town and its residents.
“It is inconceivable that in the 21st Century, a town with a population of 38,000, is served only by infrequent buses and where residents who don’t own cars can’t easily go about their daily lives, work, shop or enjoy visits to theatres and cinemas in nearby towns such as Liverpool and Manchester. This railway station will mean that West Lancashire constituents will no longer be isolated from 21st Century Britain.”