Southport – Wigan – Manchester railway line to be electrified!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31753447

Tier One priority lines for electrification – The top five in the north of England

1 Calder Valley
2 Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington Central
3 Southport/Kirkby to Salford Crescent
4 Chester to Stockport
5 Northallerton to Middlesbrough

Southport Station - Unpopular 'Pacer' trains heading for Wigan & Manchester could well be replaced by more environmentally friendly electric units if these proposals are accepted.

Southport Station – Unpopular ‘Pacer’ trains heading for Wigan & Manchester could well be replaced by more environmentally friendly electric units if these proposals are accepted.

There may well be a long way to go yet but all the campaigning of organisations such as OPSTA, Southport Business Improvement District, John Pugh the MP for Southport and the Lib Dem Sefton Council Group seems to have hit home with the powers that be in the rail industry.

The extension of the electrification which presently stops at Kirkby (out of Liverpool) is also an obvious and welcome move forward and one on which this web site has commented previously.

Let’s hope these projects move forward without delay.