Campaign for Fylde to London line


A CAMPAIGN to secure a direct train route from Fylde to London is being stepped up.

Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, had supported Grand Central Railways’ proposal to run trains from Blackpool to London as they proposed to run trains directly from Fylde, stopping at Kirkham and Wesham.

But now, after the Office of Rail Regulation rejected the proposal, Mr Menzies is determined not to give up on a Fylde to London link.

He has now written to Virgin Trains, who currently run the service on the West Coast Main Line, urging them to build a stop in Fylde into their proposals for trains between Blackpool and London.

Mr Menzies said: “I believe Fylde fully deserves a London link which could be extremely valuable for business and tourism.

“A stop at Kirkham, like Grand Central were proposing, would achieve that and I am urging Virgin Trains to consider this option going forward.

“The Office of Rail Regulation didn’t reject the proposal to stop at Kirkham, they rejected the plans on other grounds, and I maintain the belief that this would be a very attractive proposition for businesses looking to invest in the area which could help to create high quality jobs.”

Mr Menzies, together with South Fylde Community Rail Partnership, has also been campaigning for improvements to our local railway stations and recently wrote to Network Rail to ask for efforts to be made to improve the run-down Lytham platform.

SFCRP believe improving the station is vital to prevent the tired platform from “letting the side down” when visitors arrive for the Open Golf tournament at Royal Lytham and St Annes golf club in 2012.

Mr Menzies and SFCRP chairman, Cllr Richard Fulford-Brown are now urging others to do the same and write to Network Rail to campaign for improvements.

(Picture by Samurai)

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