Rossendale Council, working in partnership with Lancashire County Council, has commissioned the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) consultants to explore the potential for rail connections to the borough.
The study will look at the early strategic case for investment for the Rawtenstall to Manchester corridor. This would involve tram-trains, accessing the Metrolink network at Buckley Wells (Bury) or alternatively using a heavy rail curve at Castleton. Any solution would need to ensure full integration with the East Lancashire Heritage Railway. The route takes in large towns not currently on the national network including Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, Bury and Heywood.
The study will complement work done on the Economic Development Strategy, Local Plan and recent Highways Capacity Study to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support projected economic growth in Rossendale, Pennine Lancashire, Bury and Rochdale. The findings will be presented later in the year.