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Railways: Lancashire

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to promoting the construction of the Todmorden Curve to cut train journey times between Manchester and Burnley. (226705)

My noble Friend the Minister of State for Transport, Lord Adonis met my hon. Friend the Member for Burnley and Padiham (Kitty Ussher) on 9 October to discuss the proposal for a direct service between Burnley and Manchester. It would be for Lancashire county council, as transport authority, to consider the best way of achieving this, in discussion with Network Rail and Northern Rail.