Lancashire County Council has welcomed today’s announcement of over £600m worth of investment in the northern rail network focused on upgrading and electrifying the Transpennine main line.
The government has also announced the launch of a new Northern Transport Acceleration Council which will work with northern leaders and Department for Transport staff based in the north to speed up delivery of the region’s strategic transport priorities.
County Councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, said: “The major investment in rail in the north announced today is very welcome, along with the commitment from the Transport Secretary to accelerate further improvements to modernise the region’s transport infrastructure.
“This shows the value of the work carried out by northern leaders to put our priorities clearly to government with one voice. The investment also follows on from a series of meetings that we have had with government ministers in the Department for Transport, highlighting the need for improvements in our rail network.
“I believe this upgrade to the Transpennine main line strengthens our case for making improvements to east-west links a priority for any future investment, to support regeneration in East Lancashire and ensure the significant benefits of the county’s contribution to the regional and UK economy can be fully realised.
“We will also continue to make Lancashire’s case for investment in connecting some of our sizeable communities to the rail network, and improving the quality of services throughout the county, so that everyone can benefit from the opportunities which better transport connections can bring.”