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MP presses George Osborne for Colne-Skipton rail link
THE case for funding a study in to the long-term benefits of the reintroduction of the Colne-Skipton rail link has been put to the Chancellor George Osborne.
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson spoke to Mr Osborne on Tuesday to press the claims of the “economic benefit to East Lancashire” of the line being re-opened.
The Skipton-East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP) has been campaigning for a number of years to get the line re-opened.
Mr Stephenson said: “The re-opening of this line would bring huge benefits to East Lancashire. We have some excellent rail infrastructure projects coming in the north, and the Todmorden Curve and High Speed 2 are great, but it is this line that could be most important to East Lancashire.
“It would bring benefits to regeneration and economically and it would mean who can’t drive could get access to employment opportunities towards and in Leeds.”
Funding of around £250,000 is required to carry out a study on the benefits the re-opening of the line would bring.
Mr Stephenson said: “The most important thing at the moment is the funding for a study to show the economic case, it is vitally important.
“Once that study has been done it will show whether the benefits are significant, which I believe they are, and it will increase the case for the line to be re-opened.”