Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“I am delighted Liverpool City Region and Merseytravel have made such a clear commitment towards extending their rail network to both Skelmersdale and Burscough. This has been and continues to be a long, hard fought campaign, but we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Plans for Skelmersdale Railway project and the reopening of Burscough Curves are still being developed, but real progress is being made. Lancashire County Council are in the final stages of completing the ‘Strategic Outline Business Case’ for Skelmersdale Railway, ready to submit to the Department of Transport for consideration, while the Burscough Curves proposal is currently also being considered by the DfT.
“Whilst there is still a long way to go, the inclusion of the Skelmersdale and Burscough stations on a proposed Merseyrail map will be an incredibly welcome sight to residents that have long felt isolated and forgotten.
“Connecting both these towns to the Merseyrail network will be transformational, providing drastically improved commuting and commerce opportunities. As soon as the submissions have been made, I will be inviting the Secretary of State for Transport to visit West Lancashire to see first-hand how beneficial these rail improvements would be. “