POTENTIAL RAIL IMPROVEMENTS IN NORTH WESTERN
ENGLAND INDICATIVE LIST OF SCHEMES PROPOSED (NO PRIORITY ORDER)
Restoration of passenger services on existing
Clitheroe-Hellifield to link with
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
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
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
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.
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-
Manchester-Blackpool North and South
routes via Wigan and Chorley.
Liverpool- St Helens-Wigan enabling
through running to Scotland.
through services from Liverpool, Manchester.
Electrificationthird rail system
Ormskirk-Preston to recreate
the most direct Liverpool-Preston route.
Kirkby-Wigan Wallgate to fill in
important gap in the electrified network.