27 October 2009: Blackpool Council has proposed that Blackpool South Railway Station should be closed, even though it is used by thousands of passengers.
The Council has suggested that the railway line could be cut off at the Pleasure Beach instead of continuing towards Waterloo Road, Central Drive and the Blackpool Football Club. This would make it much harder to access the town by rail, which would reduce visitor numbers and increase car traffic and carbon emissions.
The Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users' Association is opposing the plans, and Aidan from Campaign for Better Transport Lancashire has suggested that the Fylde line should not be cut but double tracked and modernised to allow a regular service from the Fylde coast to Manchester.
We don't know of any other local authority proposals to close stations and we've responded to Blackpool Council's consultation opposing the idea. Please let me know if you hear of other proposals to close stations - if other councils follow this example then we'll never get people out of their cars.
In the meantime, we'll be watching what happens in Blackpool.