Preliminary studies have begun into opening a new rail line to serve a new station at Skelmersdale.
Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and Merseytravel are looking at the issues, which will continue through Network Rail’s GRIP Stage 3 (Governance for Railway Investment Projects, Option Selection).
Network Rail has advised Lancashire County Council that the GRIP3 work alone will cost as much as £4 million, and has suggested these key dates:
* GRIP3 concluded, January 2017.
* GRIP4 (Single options selection), to January 2019.
* GRIP6 (Construction, commissioning) April 2021 to April 2023.
* Train services start December 2023.
With thanks to my friend Bob for this updated info.