Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“I am disgusted by the decision of the Department for Transport not to pursue the proposal for Skelmersdale Railway, rejecting Lancashire County Council’s business case that would have been revolutionary for the Town.
“During the 2019 election, the Tories repeatedly used Skelmersdale Rail as an example of how they will be ‘levelling up’ rail transport. Not just locally, but even on their national campaign website! To now completely turn their backs on Skelmersdale residents, is a cruel joke, a betrayal.
“It is insulting that the Government now suggest we should pursue improving the busses instead, at the same time as the Liverpool City Region are consulting on reducing the bus service to Liverpool to once an hour! Skelmersdale is one of the largest towns without a train station, why are we being neglected and ignored? Why is our station less important?
“Replacing the Skelmersdale Rail plan with a shuttle bus is simply not good enough. We are constantly hearing about rail improvements down south; we should be treated equally – levelled up even!
“I will not be giving up this fight and I will hold the Government and Department for Transport to account for this betrayal at every chance I get. The Transport Secretary and Rail Minister should come and see Skelmersdale themselves and I am offering them an open invitation to visit, the sooner the better.
“This is not the end, and we will keep fighting for a train station to finally be returned to Skelmersdale.”