Rossendale Rail Link Proposed

A local electrical engineer has developed proposals that would see passengers trains serve the Rossendale Valley using a restored link between the East Lancashire Railway and the Manchester Metrolink. The local council is looking to work with the local Chamber of Commerce to develop the proposals, whilst Lancashire County Council are already working on a report to improve connectivity in the area with

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Ed Balls expressed surprise about the connectivity to the area on a visit to the region with a candidate and supported a review of connectivity in the North West if Labour returns to power in May.

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However, the ELR has expressed concerns with regards to the proposal and how it would affect their heritage operations.

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Efforts to reopen Cranleigh line

Two campaigns are being launched to reopen the railway line between Guildford and Cranleigh.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Guildford has launched a petition for a feasibility study to look into reopening the line with a particular focus on Light Rail.

Meanwhile, local rail enthusiasts are looking at reopening the railway line as a heritage railway.

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MEP Candidate proposes several Stations 1

Richard Cottrell, Independent candidate for the West in the May 2014 European elections is calling for a number of railway stations to be opened across Somerset and Taunton Dene as part of campaign to improve rail connectivity across these areas

  • Park and Ride station to be built at Bawdrip outside of Bridgewater
  • Wellington
  • Norton Fitzwarren
  • Creech St Michael
  • Taunton Staplegrove

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This story has been updated since it was initially published on 22nd January