Mark Menzies MP urges Network Rail to promote Blackpool South line

Mark Menzies MP has urged rail chiefs to consider improving the under-used South Fylde line when looking for solutions over the planned closure of the main route into Blackpool.

Network Rail will suspend services into Blackpool North next year while it carries out vital improvement works on the track and is currently looking at options to ensure people can still reach the resort by train.

And Mr Menzies, who is a long-term campaigner for more frequent services on the Blackpool South line, said the company would not have to look far to find the ideal solution.

He added: “I am a big supporter of the Blackpool South line and have had numerous conversations with the Transport Secretary about installing a passing loop on the line to allow more trains to operate along the route.

“With the Blackpool North line being closed for electrification it is vital that people are still able to access the Fylde coast by rail and I would support any efforts which encourage visitors to use the remaining route.

“I have always felt that the line is under-utilised and with the correct investment could be a fantastic asset to the area.

“That investment could also include a link up with the Blackpool Tramway – which has been one of the big success stories in public transport recently – to bring trams through to Lytham.”


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