Select Committee on Transport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence



Restoration of passenger services on existing lines

    —  Sandbach-Middlewich- Northwich.

    —  Clitheroe-Hellifield to link with Settle- Carlisle.

Potential infrastructure enhancements

    —  Reinstatement of Burscough curves to allow direct Preston-Southport and Ormskirk-Southport services and Ordsall curve to allow trains from east to access Manchester Piccadilly from Manchester Victoria.

    —  Grade separation at junctions such as Euxton and Ordsall Lane.

    —  Increase capacity at Manchester Piccadilly through Platforms 13-14 plus grade separation to reduce conflicting movements across Manchester South.

Additional lines/double track

    —  Altrincham-Stockport to enable a half-hourly service between Chester and Manchester via the mid-Cheshire towns.

    —  Bolton- Blackburn double track to enable a half-hourly service.

Additional passing loops

    —  Windermere and Blackpool South branches, Ormskirk-Preston and Hope Valley to allow more frequent services and/or services from a wider range of destinations.

Major line reopenings

    —  Manchester Airport Western link to improve services from Cheshire, North Wales, Northern England and Merseyside.

    —  Matlock-Buxton to provide an alternative to Hope Valley route between north west and Derby/East Midlands and open up a new route through, and to, the Peak National Park.

    —  Skipton-Colne to provide a direct service between economically deprived East Lancashire and West Yorkshire (Skipton/Leeds) and provide an additional Trans-Pennine route.

    —  Bolton-Bury-Rochdale (possibly as part of light rail Metrolink network).

    —  Manchester-Sheffield (via Woodhead) to enhance Trans-Pennine services.

    —  Penrith-Keswick to provide a direct rail service into the tourist critical northern Lake District.

Minor line reopenings

    —  Poulton-le-Fylde-Fleetwood to reconnect Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood to rail network.

    —  Glazebrook-Partington to create alternative freight route south of Manchester, relieving capacity through chronically congested Platforms 13-14 at Manchester Piccadilly.

Station reopenings

    —  Skelmersdale (requiring two mile rail restoration to re-establish link to town of 35,000).

    —  Leigh, Lancashire, population 42,000 (requiring reinstatement of four miles of track on former Leigh-Tyldesley route, 0.5 mile new construction to join the Wigan-Manchester main line to give rail access to Walkden-Manchester and/or to Manchester via Metrolink light rail/street running).

    —  Small yet substantial towns and villages which have no station and would benefit from restoration eg Garstang, Coppull (on West Coast Mainline), Euxton (ex-ROF) Manchester- Blackpool line.


    —  Manchester-Blackpool North and South routes via Wigan and Chorley.

    —  Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds-York TransPennine route.

    —  Liverpool- St Helens-Wigan enabling through running to Scotland.

    —  Lancaster-Morecambe-Heysham enabling through services from Liverpool, Manchester.

Electrification—third rail system

    —    Ormskirk-Preston to recreate the most direct Liverpool-Preston route.

    —  Kirkby-Wigan Wallgate to fill in important gap in the electrified network.

    —  Liverpool-Bidston route.

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