PLANS for a new railway station at Cottam in Preston have taken a step forwards after county councillors approved the use of powers to acquire land and build an access road for the station.
A report to Lancashire County Council’s cabinet on Thursday 3 December outlined the need to prepare compulsory purchase orders, as well as legal orders needed to make changes to local roads, as part of the planning process.
The new two-platform station on the Blackpool-Preston railway line in northwest Preston is proposed to provide access to the rail network for more than 5,000 new homes, and support access to existing and new job opportunities at the Enterprise Zone at Warton, while reducing pressure on local roads.
Work is already underway on detailed designs and a planning application for the Cottam Parkway railway station along with a new access road, and most of the funding needed was secured in March this year with the award of over £22m through the Transforming Cities Fund.
The proposed site for the new station is on land west of Lea Road and east of Sidgreaves Lane, near to the former site of Lea Road Station. The main access to the station and its associated car park is to be north of the railway line, on the eastbound line side, with a footbridge providing access to the westbound platform south of the line.
The proposed station will have a car park with access via the Cottam Link Road from the new Preston Western Distributor road, which is currently under construction. It is proposed to include a staffed booking/information office and footbridge to access both platforms, a bus/rail interchange and high-quality pedestrian/cycle links.
It is anticipated that the planning application will be submitted early in 2022 with a start on site later the same year.
A successful bid to the Transforming Cities Fund has secured £22.31m towards the construction of the Cottam Parkway station. A local contribution of £2.13m has been confirmed which includes funding secured through the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The Cottam Parkway railway station is a vital part of our plans to provide the sustainable transport networks needed to support economic growth in Preston and the Fylde. This requires that we make provision for acquiring all the land needed for the station and the access roads, and we’re already in negotiations with landowners as our preference is to secure land by mutual agreement. However it’s also necessary with such an important scheme to be in a position to acquire land by compulsory purchase if that becomes necessary.”
Source: Lancashire County Council