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Railways: North-west

Volume 708: debated on Wednesday 4 March 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to the reinstatement of Todmorden Curve and following their statement in the Pennine Lancashire multi-area agreement (MAA) that “DfT will work with Pennine Lancashire MAA, Northern and Network Rail to facilitate the introduction of a new service in the period 2009–2014 (CP4) for which funding would need to be sourced by local authorities”, (a) what actions they have taken and will take to support and progress this proposal; (b) to which local authorities it refers, and (c) whether any of those local authorities are outside the Pennine Lancashire area which would be served by such a new service. [HL1820]

Department for Transport officials have had a meeting with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Lancashire County Council, Burnley Borough Council and Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) to explain the process for taking the project forward. A further meeting is to take place in mid-March, along with Network Rail, and officials will attend future meetings as necessary when requested by the promoters.

It would be for Lancashire County Council and Burnley Borough Council to act as promoters for this project as a new service would primarily benefit their area.

The new service would run to Manchester via Rochdale and these places are within the GMPTE area, but outside the Pennine Lancashire area.