The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above
I have covered this project previously and whilst I know that some Lancashire folk are highly sceptical of the £300m+ new railway line and Skem station ever being funded this is clearly another, if small, milestone along the right track.
Here’s a shot of the old and now long gone former Skelmersdale Station:-
And here’s a couple of shots taken at Rainford Junction Station (there is no junction now):-
And finally a shot at Kirkby Station (the subject of a future posting of mine) where the present line from Wigan meets head on with Merseyrail’s electric service to/from Liverpool:-
Note – The last trains to Skelmersdale ran on Sunday 4 November 1956 and the station closed to passengers on Monday 5 November 1956. Skelmersdale station remained open for goods services until 4 November 1963 when it was closed completely. Information from Disused Stations UK.
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The last photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-