£20m East Lancashire rail revolution given green light

The Clitheroe to Manchester line, currently single track

The Clitheroe to Manchester line, currently single track

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EAST Lancashire’s £20 million rail revolution promising jobs, investment and rising house prices today gets its final green light.

The crucial paperwork to upgrade the vital link between Blackburn, Darwen, Clitheroe and Manchester will be signed and sealed.

Now campaigning politicians want the whole line electrified and work started on a phased improvement of the Preston to Colne East Lancashire Line.

Network rail bosses, Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern and MPs Jack Straw, Jake Berry and Nigel Evans will be present at a lunchtime ceremony to give the official go-ahead.

Construction starts next May with all-day every 30-minute services introduced in December 2016.

The signing ends an eight-year campaign to win half-hourly trains, a crucial cog in plans to boost the economic development of East Lancashire.

Before the signing at Blackburn Town Hall, politicians hailed a deal to bring investment across East Lancashire and see high-paid professionals choosing to live in the area and commute to work in Manchester.

The upgrade will prepare the line from Bolton to Clitheroe for future electrification.

The scheme will speed trains from Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley Manchester Road to the nearby city and upgrade Entwistle, Clitheroe, Whalley, Ramsgreave and Wilpshire and Langho stations. It will dual the whole line from Clitheroe, Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton to Manchester bringing 14 extra trains a day, extending the rush hour half-hourly service to all day.

Track will be doubled in the single-line Sough Tunnel south of Darwen and Farnworth Tunnel in Bolton.

Blackburn MP Mr Straw said: “This is the culmination of eight years work. It will help bring investment and jobs and make it possible for highly-paid workers in Manchester live in our beautiful countryside and commute, hopefully increasing house prices.

“Now we start work on the electrification of the line from Bolton to Clitheroe, replacing the Pacer trains on the Preston/ Blackburn/Colne line, upgrading the track, dualling it beyond Burnley and extending it to Skipton. ”

Rossendale and Darwen MP Mr Berry said: “This is a major investment for our community, a big boost to local businesses which will relieve congestion on our roads.”

Blackburn with Darwen regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “This gives people more access to jobs, making the borough a more accessible place to work and invest in.”

Network Rail area director Ian Joslin: “We look forward to delivering better links to Manchester and the rest of the rail network”

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “This is a great day for the whole of our area. Now we need similar improvements to the main East Lancashire line to Burnley and Pendle.”

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6:58pm Fri 20 Jun 14

shytalk says...

Immigration issue is another issue and one i am happy to comment on
This is about trains and rail transport.
For me it is all good news. I went to Manchester airport today on the train from clitheroe and it was gr8 in both directions.
Any improvement and investment in the rail network is fine by me.
Immigration issue is another issue and one i am happy to comment on This is about trains and rail transport. For me it is all good news. I went to Manchester airport today on the train from clitheroe and it was gr8 in both directions. Any improvement and investment in the rail network is fine by me. shytalk
  • Score: 6

7:45pm Fri 20 Jun 14

hairy mary says...

Diesel fumes are a lung cancer contributer
Diesel fumes are a lung cancer contributer hairy mary
  • Score: -1

10:05pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

It wil be for legal reasons ie...... ongoing trial or investigation etc.
It wil be for legal reasons ie...... ongoing trial or investigation etc. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Ex-Darrener says...

Back on the rail story ... Sounds wonderful but I think I'll believe it when I see it. Why talk about electrification when the track has not yet been doubled? One step at a time. And all the way through to Skipton? Really? And while Sough tunnel was left single track by all the short-sighted post- Beeching cuts, surely Farnworth tunnel has been double track all along, as is the case south of Bromley Cross.
Back on the rail story ... Sounds wonderful but I think I'll believe it when I see it. Why talk about electrification when the track has not yet been doubled? One step at a time. And all the way through to Skipton? Really? And while Sough tunnel was left single track by all the short-sighted post- Beeching cuts, surely Farnworth tunnel has been double track all along, as is the case south of Bromley Cross. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 5

11:03pm Fri 20 Jun 14

slants says...

rising house prices today gets its final green light.
and this is good because ????????
rising house prices today gets its final green light. and this is good because ???????? slants
  • Score: 6

4:56am Sat 21 Jun 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
It wil be for legal reasons ie...... ongoing trial or investigation etc.
Clearly this is not the case in this instance as the Pole has been dealt with and sentenced, same with the drink drivers and the RSPCA case against the woman.

Its called selective censorship by by tuppenny apenny rag with a whimp of an editor who is frightened of his own shadow, less he get sued by some halfwit!
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: It wil be for legal reasons ie...... ongoing trial or investigation etc.[/p][/quote]Clearly this is not the case in this instance as the Pole has been dealt with and sentenced, same with the drink drivers and the RSPCA case against the woman. Its called selective censorship by by tuppenny apenny rag with a whimp of an editor who is frightened of his own shadow, less he get sued by some halfwit! HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 9

2:38pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Philip A Berry says...

HelmshoreBoy wrote:
Michael@ClitheroeSin

ce58
wrote:
It wil be for legal reasons ie...... ongoing trial or investigation etc.
Clearly this is not the case in this instance as the Pole has been dealt with and sentenced, same with the drink drivers and the RSPCA case against the woman.

Its called selective censorship by by tuppenny apenny rag with a whimp of an editor who is frightened of his own shadow, less he get sued by some halfwit!
If you don't like this "tuppenny apenny rag" stop reading it and stop commenting on it.
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: It wil be for legal reasons ie...... ongoing trial or investigation etc.[/p][/quote]Clearly this is not the case in this instance as the Pole has been dealt with and sentenced, same with the drink drivers and the RSPCA case against the woman. Its called selective censorship by by tuppenny apenny rag with a whimp of an editor who is frightened of his own shadow, less he get sued by some halfwit![/p][/quote]If you don't like this "tuppenny apenny rag" stop reading it and stop commenting on it. Philip A Berry
  • Score: -7

7:55pm Sat 21 Jun 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

Philip A Berry wrote:
HelmshoreBoy wrote:
Michael@ClitheroeSin


ce58
wrote:
It wil be for legal reasons ie...... ongoing trial or investigation etc.
Clearly this is not the case in this instance as the Pole has been dealt with and sentenced, same with the drink drivers and the RSPCA case against the woman.

Its called selective censorship by by tuppenny apenny rag with a whimp of an editor who is frightened of his own shadow, less he get sued by some halfwit!
If you don't like this "tuppenny apenny rag" stop reading it and stop commenting on it.
I like to keep upto date with comments from inbred half wits like you, who pander to socialist censorship and clearly have no cogniscence of the blatant discrimination that this rag conducts between various political/racial factions and the public/private sector employees, when reporting judicial proceedings. I am in no way racist, but believe in a " fair crack of the whip" for one and all, no matter what.

Many instances of judicial proceedings reported, reveal that there is an overwhelming bias when it comes to the permission of the comments, as previously illustrated and this smacks of journalistic pandering to a minority.

Having said that, this sheet is still a tuppenny a'penny rag, written by semi illiterate reporters, whose command of grammar and spelling leaves many confounded as to how they ever got the job in first place.

Perhaps the LT's stance reflect the fact that this rag was the subject of judicial proceeding a good few years ago. In other words, it does not have the "Cojones" or the courage of its own conviction to allow the readers to comment for fear of some limp wristed threat. Its called "Freedom of Speech".
[quote][p][bold]Philip A Berry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HelmshoreBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: It wil be for legal reasons ie...... ongoing trial or investigation etc.[/p][/quote]Clearly this is not the case in this instance as the Pole has been dealt with and sentenced, same with the drink drivers and the RSPCA case against the woman. Its called selective censorship by by tuppenny apenny rag with a whimp of an editor who is frightened of his own shadow, less he get sued by some halfwit![/p][/quote]If you don't like this "tuppenny apenny rag" stop reading it and stop commenting on it.[/p][/quote]I like to keep upto date with comments from inbred half wits like you, who pander to socialist censorship and clearly have no cogniscence of the blatant discrimination that this rag conducts between various political/racial factions and the public/private sector employees, when reporting judicial proceedings. I am in no way racist, but believe in a " fair crack of the whip" for one and all, no matter what. Many instances of judicial proceedings reported, reveal that there is an overwhelming bias when it comes to the permission of the comments, as previously illustrated and this smacks of journalistic pandering to a minority. Having said that, this sheet is still a tuppenny a'penny rag, written by semi illiterate reporters, whose command of grammar and spelling leaves many confounded as to how they ever got the job in first place. Perhaps the LT's stance reflect the fact that this rag was the subject of judicial proceeding a good few years ago. In other words, it does not have the "Cojones" or the courage of its own conviction to allow the readers to comment for fear of some limp wristed threat. Its called "Freedom of Speech". HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 7

9:28pm Mon 23 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

I have no comment? as I cannot afford
a train ticket to go anyway.
And will not ? be able to afford
one when it does come to colne
which it will not in our life time
I have no comment? as I cannot afford a train ticket to go anyway. And will not ? be able to afford one when it does come to colne which it will not in our life time jenkinsroy
  • Score: 1

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