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High-speed train link boost hope for East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: High-speed train link boost hope for East Lancashire High-speed train link boost hope for East Lancashire

A NEW high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds could have knock-on benefits for Burnley and East Lancashire.

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled proposals to potentially spend £7billion on improving transport links between the major northern cities.

And if the initiative eventually involves substantially upgrading the existing line, which runs through Todmorden and Walsden, the route would link up with the anticipated faster new East Lancashire to Manchester line.

Coun Margaret Lishman, Liberal Democrat group leader on Burnley Council, said: “Anything which speeds up and improves the rail network for Burnley people should be welcome. Not only would it bring opportunities for more people to travel for jobs but it would enable more to consider coming to Burnley to live, which would be great.”

The new service connecting Burnley Manchester Road station with Todmorden is scheduled to start this December.

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12:10pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Norm de Plume says...

Instead of spending vast amounts of money to get from A to B faster, ought we not to be concentrating on making such journeys unnecessary?
Already many journeys have been saved by such as the internet and video conferencing.
Instead of spending vast amounts of money to get from A to B faster, ought we not to be concentrating on making such journeys unnecessary? Already many journeys have been saved by such as the internet and video conferencing. Norm de Plume
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12:20pm Tue 24 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I imagine a lot of journeys have been cut out by Skype etc but plenty of journeys are still happening.

Anything that can bring more investment to the north and away from London is good by me!
I imagine a lot of journeys have been cut out by Skype etc but plenty of journeys are still happening. Anything that can bring more investment to the north and away from London is good by me! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 9

12:56pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Izanears says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
I imagine a lot of journeys have been cut out by Skype etc but plenty of journeys are still happening.

Anything that can bring more investment to the north and away from London is good by me!
They will NEVER move investment away from London and its surrounds. There are too many with vested interests.
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: I imagine a lot of journeys have been cut out by Skype etc but plenty of journeys are still happening. Anything that can bring more investment to the north and away from London is good by me![/p][/quote]They will NEVER move investment away from London and its surrounds. There are too many with vested interests. Izanears
  • Score: 3

1:32pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Reality50 says...

If HS3 -The Liverpool-Manchester
-Leeds rail corridor ever happens,it will be at least 2040 or even later,if at all. Osborne has intimated Huddersfield would be the chosen route between Manchester and Leeds so if in Burnley i wouldn't get excited. The Skipton-Colne line would make journeys slightly quicker to Bradford and Leeds anyway if that ever opens from the Burnley area as it would almost certainly house a Preston-Leeds route..
If HS3 -The Liverpool-Manchester -Leeds rail corridor ever happens,it will be at least 2040 or even later,if at all. Osborne has intimated Huddersfield would be the chosen route between Manchester and Leeds so if in Burnley i wouldn't get excited. The Skipton-Colne line would make journeys slightly quicker to Bradford and Leeds anyway if that ever opens from the Burnley area as it would almost certainly house a Preston-Leeds route.. Reality50
  • Score: 5

3:33pm Tue 24 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Izanears wrote:
HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
I imagine a lot of journeys have been cut out by Skype etc but plenty of journeys are still happening.

Anything that can bring more investment to the north and away from London is good by me!
They will NEVER move investment away from London and its surrounds. There are too many with vested interests.
The fact that the line is (as good as sealed deal) going to Manchester and Leeds in phase 2 anyway shows this statement to be false.

All they are talking about is rather than just the Y shape they want from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester is making it a full northern triangle to link the north to the north rather than just north to south.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: I imagine a lot of journeys have been cut out by Skype etc but plenty of journeys are still happening. Anything that can bring more investment to the north and away from London is good by me![/p][/quote]They will NEVER move investment away from London and its surrounds. There are too many with vested interests.[/p][/quote]The fact that the line is (as good as sealed deal) going to Manchester and Leeds in phase 2 anyway shows this statement to be false. All they are talking about is rather than just the Y shape they want from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester is making it a full northern triangle to link the north to the north rather than just north to south. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 3

3:35pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

Cancel HS2 which is hugely expensive and will cut only a short period of time off a journey from Manchester to London - but probably enough to suck more wealth from the north to London.

Spend the money on a high speed rail link from Liverpool though Manchester, Leeds, York and to Hull. Give the northern cities the kind of connectivity the south has and watch them grow.
Cancel HS2 which is hugely expensive and will cut only a short period of time off a journey from Manchester to London - but probably enough to suck more wealth from the north to London. Spend the money on a high speed rail link from Liverpool though Manchester, Leeds, York and to Hull. Give the northern cities the kind of connectivity the south has and watch them grow. Excluded again
  • Score: 6

3:37pm Tue 24 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Excluded again wrote:
Cancel HS2 which is hugely expensive and will cut only a short period of time off a journey from Manchester to London - but probably enough to suck more wealth from the north to London.

Spend the money on a high speed rail link from Liverpool though Manchester, Leeds, York and to Hull. Give the northern cities the kind of connectivity the south has and watch them grow.
Now that I would agree with, if it was a choice between the two I would go for a northern east/west line over HS2 any day.

Although I do hope with can find money for both, faster connections anywhere do help.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Cancel HS2 which is hugely expensive and will cut only a short period of time off a journey from Manchester to London - but probably enough to suck more wealth from the north to London. Spend the money on a high speed rail link from Liverpool though Manchester, Leeds, York and to Hull. Give the northern cities the kind of connectivity the south has and watch them grow.[/p][/quote]Now that I would agree with, if it was a choice between the two I would go for a northern east/west line over HS2 any day. Although I do hope with can find money for both, faster connections anywhere do help. HelmshoreMan2010
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4:54pm Tue 24 Jun 14

shytalk says...

I am all for updating the rail network. I just think the railways along with other public utilities should be considered a national asset and treated as such, instead of some greedy foreign company and individuals ripping us off
I am all for updating the rail network. I just think the railways along with other public utilities should be considered a national asset and treated as such, instead of some greedy foreign company and individuals ripping us off shytalk
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9:01am Wed 25 Jun 14

Noiticer says...

The Osborne announcement was just pre-Genaral Election hype. We need a Northern Assembly to counterbalance the Londoncentricity of England with full control over transport, strategic planning etc. Before we start talking about high speed across the Pennines can we have most of the existing northern rail network electrified and with modern fast electric trains running on them. This would in itself revolutionise travel and increase prosperity across the north to parity with London and SE England
The Osborne announcement was just pre-Genaral Election hype. We need a Northern Assembly to counterbalance the Londoncentricity of England with full control over transport, strategic planning etc. Before we start talking about high speed across the Pennines can we have most of the existing northern rail network electrified and with modern fast electric trains running on them. This would in itself revolutionise travel and increase prosperity across the north to parity with London and SE England Noiticer
  • Score: 0

7:52pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

Why all the effort to cut a few minutes from a train journey ?
It's the same with the hoo-ha about HS2 - why does everyone seem to want to get from A to B as fast as possible ?
How about considering a REAL money-spinner ? - the reintroduction of STEAM mainline services with 1950s levels of catering and dining.
Instead of trying to get from the North to London at light speed, why not go the other way and take a leisurely journey with a meal and a few drinks on a steam-hauled service ?
Faster isn't always better.
Why all the effort to cut a few minutes from a train journey ? It's the same with the hoo-ha about HS2 - why does everyone seem to want to get from A to B as fast as possible ? How about considering a REAL money-spinner ? - the reintroduction of STEAM mainline services with 1950s levels of catering and dining. Instead of trying to get from the North to London at light speed, why not go the other way and take a leisurely journey with a meal and a few drinks on a steam-hauled service ? Faster isn't always better. Copperhead
  • Score: 1

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