Wednesday, 7 March 2012

LCC must lead on a Rossendale Rail Link

A debate in Parliament on the establishment of a functioning Rossendale rail link by Jake Berry MP united East Lancashire MP's in seeking a direct commuter rail link to Rossendale.

It was clear from the minister's comments, Tory-controlled Lancashire County Council needs to step up to the plate on upgrading the rail link to Rossendale and establish a framework for building up the case and taking this forward. To recognise the widespread support from all political parties and in particular from businesses in East Lancashire.

I'd suggest that rather than spending £32million on rural broadband, perhaps Lancashire County Council could consider the people and economy of Haslingden and commit to this rail link. According to TomTom, in October last year, the M66 was one of the most congested roads in the country last year – a functional rail link could really make a difference.