Council seeks Prime Minister’s support for Fleetwood link

Lancashire County Council is writing to the Prime Minister to ask for his continued personal support in the reopening of a rail link which could play a vital role in the levelling up agenda.

Lancashire County Council has already carried out a Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) to look into the options for reopening the Poulton to Fleetwood line. The study found that the line could be reopened for ‘heavy’ rail to integrate with the national rail network, ‘light’ rail as an extension of the Blackpool Tram route, or a hybrid system using vehicles which could operate on both heavy and light rail systems.

Depending on the chosen option, reopening the line could result in travel times as quick as 11 minutes between Fleetwood and Poulton, a journey which currently takes at least 30 minutes by bus, and 28 minutes from Fleetwood to Preston, which currently takes over an hour by bus and train.

Source: Lancashire County Council

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