MERSEYTRAVEL’S chairman has joined the fight to secure a new rail station for Skelmersdale.
Last month the Advertiser launched a campaign to finally achieve the goal of a station in the town that Skelmersdale so desperately needs.
MP Rosie Cooper started a petition alongside our campaign to secure as many signatures as possible to let the responsible authorities know how serious the Skelmersdale public are about the need for a railway station.
As part of that, she met with Merseytravel chairman Cllr Liam Robinson and interim chief executive Jim Barclay on August 22 to discuss the need for delivering a station for the town.
Following the meeting, Cllr Robinson told the Advertiser: “I had an excellent meeting with Rosie Cooper where we discussed the need for a rail service to Skelmersdale.
“Fifty years after the new town was created it is a scandal that a town of this size has no rail service, let alone a station. Whilst I cannot wave a magic wand, I do want to see what is possible.
“Accordingly, I have asked my officers to look again at the work that has been done on developing the Kirkby – Wigan line and in particular re-do the business case work that was undertaken some time ago.
“I will continue to work with Rosie and other politicians to help push Skelmersdale up the regional rail agenda.”
Rosie said: “Thank you to Liam and Jim at Merseytravel for taking the time to meet with me. It was a very positive and productive meeting. It is clear that we share the same ambition when it comes to extending rail services into Skelmersdale.
“To deliver a railway station in Skelmersdale will need the backing of everyone involved, whether residents, councils and transport authorities.
“I’m delighted that Merseytravel, who have an excellent track record of investing and delivering excellent transport services, want to be involved.
“I very much look forward to working with them over the months and years for the benefit of Skelmersdale.”
For more information on the petition or to receive a copy of it contact Rosie Cooper’s office on 01695 570094 or alternatively via email on email@example.com.