I have asked the government as to the progress of the direct rail link from Accrington to Manchester.
The track work is due to be completed by May 2014, on time however there is potentially a problem with the rolling stock which may delay the opening of the line. Some suggestons are that this delay will be for a further 6 months to November 2014.
The ministers response is less than clear as to whether rolling stock will be available and whether there will be any delay. It is vital this line is operating as soon as possible and I am disapointed that East Lancashire appears to be unimportant enough to the government to ensure that the timetable begins when teh engineering works are completed.