I am moving the motion below at the meeting of Sefton Council tonight and am hoping it will get all-party support.
That the Council welcomes publication of the Draft City Region Long Term Rail Strategy but is concerned that the Southport – Wigan – Manchester line, which supports commuter travel for Sefton residents living in the north of the Borough who work in Manchester and the tourist trade/economy in Formby/Southport/North Sefton, is omitted from the report.
The Council calls upon the City Region Cabinet Combined Authority to include this line and the development and promotion of it in the final draft.
All options to upgrade this line need to be fully considered within the strategy and should include:-
* Renewal of outdated/inappropriate rolling stock
* Increased passenger/train capacity
* A potential new park & ride station at Kew
* Adoption of Meols Cop Station by Merseytravel
* Connectivity with the Ormskirk – Preston line.
The benefits that could flow from including this line within the final City Region Long Term Rail Strategy will support the north of the Borough and help sustain Sefton’s tourist economy. It will also ensure that the north of the Liverpool City Region is well connected to West Lancashire, Preston and Manchester City Region by rail.
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