MP Mark Menzies welcomes Fylde coast rail improvements

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the start of work which will allow for six direct return services to London every day, stopping at Kirkham and Wesham Railway Station.

Network Rail is now electrifying the Blackpool North to Preston line and key improvements will be made at the Fylde station, allowing for the direct link to the capital and an increase in local services.

The improvements include extended platforms and lifts for passengers – something campaigned for by the Fylde MP for years.

Network Rail has revealed the station will get the much-needed lifts as part of the electrification process.

Mr Menzies said: “The Great North Western Services to London are due to start in 2018 and that is six return services a day stopping at Kirkham.

“I’m delighted on the back of this, we are seeing the much-needed improvements to Kirkham Train Station.

“It’s absolutely right that Kirkham is getting these station enhancements and increased services which will give a major economic boost to the town and the people of Fylde.

“I am delighted Kirkham’s train users will now be able to access the platforms via lifts.

“I’m sure we’ll see even more people using the trains from the station with improved access.

“This is something I called for in Parliament and have been working with ministers on for several years.”

Great North Western Railway won the right to run six off-peak services to London and back from May 2018 onwards. It is hoped the competition with the Virgin-run services on the West Coast Main Line will increase choice for passengers and reduce prices.

A spokesman for Network Rail said the Fylde funding was ring-fenced and could not be used to improve parking at Kirkham and Wesham Station – but said discussions with Lancashire County Council would be taking place in a bid to find more spaces.

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