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Railways: North West Region

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions her Department has had with Blackburn and Darwen borough council on a funding bid to upgrade the rail track and service between Blackburn, Darwen and Manchester Victoria. (180503)

Officials from the Department, along with Network Rail, met officers from Blackburn and Darwen borough council in November 2007 to discuss improvements to the railway line between Blackburn and Bolton that would be necessary to deliver the council’s aspiration for half hourly off-peak services between Blackburn, Darwen and Manchester Victoria. A funding bid has not been received from the council for this scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains operate between Preston and Manchester via Chorley on a daily basis. (181795)

97 passenger trains operate between Preston and Manchester via (and calling at) Chorley, Monday to Friday.