Lancashire TelegraphMPs win parliamentary debate on widening rail line between Clitheroe and Manchester (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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MPs win parliamentary debate on widening rail line between Clitheroe and Manchester

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TWO East Lancashire MPs have secured a House of Commons debate, calling for better rail services to and from Manchester.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw, and Darwen MP Jake Berry will make the case for improvements to the Clitheroe to Manchester line - which also goes through Blackburn and Darwen - and the need for doubling the track between Blackburn and Bolton.

The 30 minute debate is scheduled for Tuesday, January 10, with a reply expected from a Department of Transport minister.

Mr Straw said: “The trains on this line are very heavily loaded, and especially at peak times, the overcrowding is intolerable.

“We have a 30 minute service at peak times, but at every other time, it’s an hour. I want to see some doubling of the tracks to provide a more frequent service, or for more rolling stock to be put on the line.

“Something like that would probably cost in the region of £15million, so we need to find that money.

“Research has shown that London and the South East are disproportionately benefitting from rail investment, and we need to make sure we get some in East Lancashire.”

Mr Straw added that rail improvements are “vital” to the future of the area.

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Recently it was announced that the £8.8million Todmorden Curve project, to cut journey times between Manchester and Burnley, would be given the go-ahead.

Mr Straw said: “Rail commuting is very important to the East Lancashire economy. The Greater Manchester area is a major economic generator of the whole region, and we need to make sure that people are able to easily travel there from East Lancashire.

“Thirty years ago the electrification of the West Yorkshire railway line lead to a huge economic boost for that area, and I believe this kind of investment would have a similar result here.

“This is an all-party issue, and we’re supported by district and county councils. It is very important to get this investment.”

Mr Berry said: “This issue has lost momentum and is something we need to bring to the Government’s attention once more.

“By doubling the track around Turton, we can improve the frequency of the service, with Darwen benefitting most.”

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9:12am Fri 30 Dec 11

happycyclist says...

£15m???? Dream on. The new shelter on Blackburn station cost £1.7m.
£15m???? Dream on. The new shelter on Blackburn station cost £1.7m. happycyclist
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10:05am Fri 30 Dec 11

A666 says...

“The trains on this line are very heavily loaded, and especially at peak times, the overcrowding is intolerable."
I travel on this train which definitely is always overcrowded.
I hope a second line can be put in however 3 carriages minimum would greatly help!
Its not rocket science
“The trains on this line are very heavily loaded, and especially at peak times, the overcrowding is intolerable." I travel on this train which definitely is always overcrowded. I hope a second line can be put in however 3 carriages minimum would greatly help! Its not rocket science A666
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11:51am Fri 30 Dec 11

shytalk says...

A666 wrote:
“The trains on this line are very heavily loaded, and especially at peak times, the overcrowding is intolerable." I travel on this train which definitely is always overcrowded. I hope a second line can be put in however 3 carriages minimum would greatly help! Its not rocket science
I agree A666. The re opening of the rail service from Clitheroe to Manchester is one of the best things that has happened to Clitheroe. The cost of fuel and parking in Manchester has made it the best option of travel, and more carriages are definately needed.
[quote][p][bold]A666[/bold] wrote: “The trains on this line are very heavily loaded, and especially at peak times, the overcrowding is intolerable." I travel on this train which definitely is always overcrowded. I hope a second line can be put in however 3 carriages minimum would greatly help! Its not rocket science[/p][/quote]I agree A666. The re opening of the rail service from Clitheroe to Manchester is one of the best things that has happened to Clitheroe. The cost of fuel and parking in Manchester has made it the best option of travel, and more carriages are definately needed. shytalk
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11:57am Fri 30 Dec 11

fabinribblevalley says...

If it is going to benefit the region good but while they are doing it why not extend the service into Skipton at least this part of the track needs nothing spending on it. Having said all that I cannot see it happening the borders of England do not include Lancashire
If it is going to benefit the region good but while they are doing it why not extend the service into Skipton at least this part of the track needs nothing spending on it. Having said all that I cannot see it happening the borders of England do not include Lancashire fabinribblevalley
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12:33pm Fri 30 Dec 11

Noiticer says...

Well done to Jack Straw and Jake Berry for pushing for greater investment in our local rail network. I wonder if Nigel Evans can bring himself to support them? Our local rail network is booming despite years of underinvestment and rising fares. Passenger numbers are increasing each year but would rise even more if the routes had better rolling stock and more frequent services. The single track sections between Blackburn and Bolton are a constant source of late running trains and it is essential that the double track is reinstated to improve punctuality and frequency.
Latest statistics showing comparison of investment in rail between the north of England and the south show huge disparity. When did the north of England last receive brand new trains for local services yet in the south this has been a regular thing.
Only when the north has greater autonomy politically will we see greater investment across may aspects of life.A regional/northern passenger authority would be a good starting point. Our MP's,local councillors, rail supporter groups and members of the public must keep up the pressure on central government to do more for the north, especially outside the conurbations.
Well done to Jack Straw and Jake Berry for pushing for greater investment in our local rail network. I wonder if Nigel Evans can bring himself to support them? Our local rail network is booming despite years of underinvestment and rising fares. Passenger numbers are increasing each year but would rise even more if the routes had better rolling stock and more frequent services. The single track sections between Blackburn and Bolton are a constant source of late running trains and it is essential that the double track is reinstated to improve punctuality and frequency. Latest statistics showing comparison of investment in rail between the north of England and the south show huge disparity. When did the north of England last receive brand new trains for local services yet in the south this has been a regular thing. Only when the north has greater autonomy politically will we see greater investment across may aspects of life.A regional/northern passenger authority would be a good starting point. Our MP's,local councillors, rail supporter groups and members of the public must keep up the pressure on central government to do more for the north, especially outside the conurbations. Noiticer
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2:15pm Fri 30 Dec 11

CapitaBackHander says...

It was like this 20 years ago....why improve it now? Sarcasm...
It was like this 20 years ago....why improve it now? Sarcasm... CapitaBackHander
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9:38am Sat 31 Dec 11

paperboy70 says...

so what's RV MP Nigel Evans doing? Is he supporting this proposal, or just looking for his next photo opportunity?
so what's RV MP Nigel Evans doing? Is he supporting this proposal, or just looking for his next photo opportunity? paperboy70
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