WEST Lancs MP Rosie Cooper MP collected hundreds of signatures in support of the campaign for a rail station for Skelmersdale in an event at The Concourse.
Ms Cooper set up a street stall at the shopping centre last Saturday to speak to people from the town about why they need a station and to hand out petition forms.
And there was a fantastic reception to the campaign, with residents signing the petition in their droves, according to the MP.
She said: “There was a great response from Skelmersdale residents who were extremely keen to support this campaign and sign the petition.
“This is something they want, something they need, something they deserve. Everyone I spoke to, young and old, talked about how a railway station in Skelmersdale is very much needed. There is a real desire within the town to have its rail services returned.
“This petition is the chance for local residents to make their voices heard and to give their backing to this campaign.
“A railway station in the heart of Skelmersdale is the next stage in the regeneration of the town. The new college campus is built, the redeveloped town centre is on its way and now it is time to link it all up with a railway station.
“Improving the town’s transport connections will open up a world of opportunities for the town and its residents.
“Employment, training and learning opportunities, the chance to visit family and friends, enjoy days out . . . this list goes on. We have managed to gain hundreds of signatures here today but we need more, we need thousands if we want to see a railway station in Skelmersdale.I would also like to thank The Concourse and their security team for allowing me to use their space.”
Visit bit.ly/PvDIC6 to sign the petition online.