Extending Merseyrail’s Northern Line from Ormskirk to Burscough

To me this is one of life’s ‘no brainers’ as it would bring Burscough into the Merseyside commuter belt as far as practical and accessible public transport into Liverpool is concerned.

Money needs to be found though but with house building on a large scale in Burscough being on the cards due to the West Lancashire Local Plan being approved then it would seem that there could well be money on the table.

I think there is reason to be optimistic here and I hope that Lancashire’s politicians can be united in making it happen. Certainly, a recent discussion between Merseytravel officers and myself gives me grounds for guarded optimism.

I was at Ormskirk Station a couple of days ago awaiting Jen who was due into Ormskirk on one of the hardly regular trains from Preston. It can’t but strike you when stood on Ormskirk Station that the Northern Line ending there is just daft. My view is that it should end at a logical place i.e. Preston but that may be dreaming a little too much at present. However, Burscough is a step in the right direction so let’s get on with it and soon.

Here is a photo I took whilst waiting for Jen:-

rsz_ormskirk_station_at_night

The photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

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