Lancashire to London by rail in just over an hour

Preston and Leyland Citizen: ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: How the new trains would look ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: How the new trains would look

A TRAIN taking just one hour and 13 minutes to get from Preston to London would give East Lancashire a massive boost, according to business and council leaders.

But they warned that transport connections within Lancashire must be improved for the area to enjoy the full benefits.

Network Rail today announced its preferred route for a London to Scotland high-speed rail line costing £34billion.

Bosses chose the westerly route from London, via Birm-ingham, Manchester, Warrington, Liverpool and Preston to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Planning and building will take at least 10 years and the scheme also needs to be approved by the Government.

If it became a reality, Network Rail estimates that it would take just one hour and 13 minutes to get from Preston to London on the 200mph super trains.

Coun Peter Britcliffe, Hyndburn Council leader, said this would provide a massive boost for East Lancashire.

Coun Britcliffe said: “The investment in the railway infra-structure will be an excellent way of improving business links for people from the Lancashire area and it would bring massive economic benefits.

"It will also encourage people from the south to visit us up here and I really do hope that it becomes a reality.”

Mike Damms, chief executive of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said the new line would help to break down the perceptions of the North/South divide and greatly improve business links.

He said: “It is an excellent idea and we are very much in favour of doing anything which will help improve business in Lancashire.

“Currently motorway congestion is very costly for business-es in terms of employee time, therefore anything which makes the travelling process quicker would be very welcome.

“Businesses will have increased opportunities to reach out to more customers.”

However, he stated that transport links in Lancashire would have to be improved in order for people to take advantage of the scheme.

He said: “Preston will become a hub for travel links, so it is important that connections to this hub from the rest of Lancashire are made easier.”

Under the proposals, there would be eight new stations with 400 metre-long platforms, more than 1,500 miles of track, 34 miles of tunnels, and 32 bridges installed.

Iain Coucher, Network Rail chief executive, said: “High-speed rail can transform Britain.

“It can promote economic growth, regeneration and social inclusion.”

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11:22am Wed 26 Aug 09

milty says...

chinese whispers
chinese whispers milty
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11:23am Wed 26 Aug 09

happycyclist says...

Yeah, right. Not in my lifetime.
What would take cars off the roads is a punctual rail network, one where enough carriages are put on at peak times, where train fares are reasonably priced for all and not just those who have a computer and know where to look, where the guards aren't frightened to come round taking fares because of the scum on trains.
A high speed line between London and Glasgow will benefit only a few people; it won't solve our transport problems.
Yeah, right. Not in my lifetime. What would take cars off the roads is a punctual rail network, one where enough carriages are put on at peak times, where train fares are reasonably priced for all and not just those who have a computer and know where to look, where the guards aren't frightened to come round taking fares because of the scum on trains. A high speed line between London and Glasgow will benefit only a few people; it won't solve our transport problems. happycyclist
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12:10pm Wed 26 Aug 09

DavidBurnley says...

Happy cyclist you're wrong. I travel to London regularly and the the trains are always full. A high speed link would benefit a lot of people and would also cut down of road and air traffic with the trains carrying up to 1000 passengers a time.
Happy cyclist you're wrong. I travel to London regularly and the the trains are always full. A high speed link would benefit a lot of people and would also cut down of road and air traffic with the trains carrying up to 1000 passengers a time. DavidBurnley
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12:14pm Wed 26 Aug 09

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

Why, what's the rush? Getting to the station takes longer than most journeys and we are thinking of spending 34 BILLION pounds so a handful of people can zoom up and down the country, madness
Why, what's the rush? Getting to the station takes longer than most journeys and we are thinking of spending 34 BILLION pounds so a handful of people can zoom up and down the country, madness disgusted tunbridge wells
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2:01pm Wed 26 Aug 09

burner says...

Give me the car to London every time. Earlier this year I had to STAND all the way from Euston to Preston. How dangerous is that??? Time for all passengers to have a seat belt
Give me the car to London every time. Earlier this year I had to STAND all the way from Euston to Preston. How dangerous is that??? Time for all passengers to have a seat belt burner
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3:31pm Wed 26 Aug 09

Noiticer says...

How can the vast summs of money be justified for a high speed line when the East Lancs Line is still a Cinderella, when far less investment costs would give us a rebuilt line to Skipton, an electrified line linking the East Lancs Line to Preston, redoubling the line to Bolton & Manchester. At the end of the day more people would benefit from such smaller schemes than grandiose plans for high speed routes. More people in the north west travel within their region each day than to London and points south and more would do so if our region's rail network was moreattractive, efficient and reliable. Politicians are always seduced by eye-catching projects but smaller schemes would bring agreater benefits to more people.
How can the vast summs of money be justified for a high speed line when the East Lancs Line is still a Cinderella, when far less investment costs would give us a rebuilt line to Skipton, an electrified line linking the East Lancs Line to Preston, redoubling the line to Bolton & Manchester. At the end of the day more people would benefit from such smaller schemes than grandiose plans for high speed routes. More people in the north west travel within their region each day than to London and points south and more would do so if our region's rail network was moreattractive, efficient and reliable. Politicians are always seduced by eye-catching projects but smaller schemes would bring agreater benefits to more people. Noiticer
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