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Petitions

Volume 587: debated on Thursday 30 October 2014

Petition

Thursday 30 October 2014

Transport

Restoration of the mainline platforms at Carnforth railway station

The Petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the Petitioners support David Morris MP’s campaign to support the reinstatement of the platforms at Carnforth Station on the West Coast Mainline.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to put pressure on Lancashire County Council to approve funding for a feasibility study to allow the platforms to be re-instated.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by David Morris, Official Report, 21 July 2014; Vol. 584, c. 1214.]

[P001375]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Transport:

In line with our localism agenda, it is for the Local Authority to determine whether such a scheme is a priority for them and to carry out a feasibility study. Therefore, Lancashire County Council are free to make their own decisions on whether to progress with this scheme. At present the Government have no plans to reinstate the platforms at Carnforth station as stopping main line trains would reduce the capacity of the line and increase the journey times of long distance express services.