Railways – Let’s plan for the future

Anyone who knows me realises that I think railways are a great form of transportation and they are greener too. However, we seem to be rather lost with railways in England these days compared to Wales and Scotland who have clearly been getting it right with numerous new stations, line re-openings etc. in recent years.My focus is on northern Sefton and West Lancashire where we have the Southport – Wigan and Ormskirk – Preston lines crossing each other at Burscough but which have not been connected since Beeching days. A small (in transport terms) targeted investment could reinstate Southport – Preston trains and Ormskirk – Southport as well but the campaign which OPSTA (Ormskirk Preston & Southport Travellers Association) keeps on the boil is not moving forward despite their great efforts (I am an OPSTA member by the way). So what can we do to bring back the ‘age of the train’ locally? Clearly, a combination of Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire Borough Council, Sefton Borough Council, Merseytravel – working with OPSTA – needs to be able to fight a common and well run campaign instead of the well meaning but unsuccessful individual ones that have been the case for as long as I can remember. I hope to play my part in such a campaign and will return to this subject again…….

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