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Manchester-Blackpool Rail Link

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has met representatives from Lancashire county council and Greater Manchester council to consider their proposals for electrification of the Manchester to Blackpool line; and if he will make a statement.

On 28 June I agreed to a meeting with representatives of Lancashire and Greater Manchester councils but suggested that my Department should first receive a written statement about the wider benefits of the scheme. A meeting with officials took place on 18 July, at which the county councils agreed to supply further information. This information was received by my Department on 14 October, and I now expect to meet representatives of the two councils shortly.