1 November 2016
Responding to the news that the Halton Curve rail line will reopen to passenger services from December 2018, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“This is great news for local people who now have a date from when they can expect to start using the new passenger services. We campaigned for this missing link to be reinstated so we’re pleased to hear that the opening is now in sight.
“Filling in the missing links in our rail network offers the most cost effective way of alleviating congestion, reducing social isolation and improving the economy. Rail reopenings have huge local support, are good for business and can offer economically deprived areas a new lease of life. You only have to look at the number of passengers using the new stations and lines to see how viable and popular they are.”
Halton Curve is a 1.5 mile railway line that links the North Wales Coast Line to the Liverpool section of the West Coast Main Line. It was closed in 1975, but was earmarked for reopening after receiving £10.4 million funding as part of the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Deal.
Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP confirmed yesterday (31 October) that work on the scheme is expected to begin in June 2017 and be completed by the following spring ready for passenger services to start in December 2018.
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Notes to Editors
- Paul Maynard MP made the comments in response to a written question from Derek Twigg, the Labour MP for Halton.
- There are a large number of rail lines and stations that have local, and sometimes, national support for reopening. Read Campaign for Better Transport’s list of rail reopenings here.
- Those lines and stations that have reopened have proved enormously popular with passengers and numbers continue to go from strength to strength:
- Bramley Station was reopened by Metro West Yorkshire in 1983. Annual passenger numbers nearly doubled between 2005 and 2010 to 160,000.
- Outwood station, also reopened by Metro West Yorkshire on the site of the former Lofthouse and Outwood Station, was the start or destination for 350,000 journeys in 2010.
- Chandler's Ford in Hampshire reopened in 2003 having previously closed in 1969 and is now used for over 100,000 journeys each year.
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).