Southport Lib Dem Councillors call for better Lancs transport links

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The Sefton MBC Lib Dem group have sent a strong critique of the Lancashire County Council draft Transport plan to the County Council.

The Lib Dems, who have three quarters of Southport’s elected councillors, have criticised the proposal to ‘drop’ the Ormskirk bypass, which seems to be connected with the strange idea that Wigan, Chorley and Bolton drivers would come to Southport via the Thornton Link Road instead.

The Lib Dems are also calling for Lancashire County to prioritise the electrification of the Southport to Wigan rail line and the restoration of the Burscough curves, which would provide a fast direct rail link between Ormskirk and Southport. This, they say, is far more realistic than the vastly-expensive idea to bring trains back to Skelmersdale. A motion proposed by Lib Dem councillors was recently passed by the full Council meeting:

“This Council (1) welcomes new investment in road and rail but is concerned that the transport plans of local transport authorities, including that of Lancashire County Council, should give appropriate priority to the transport needs of the Borough of Sefton and people travelling into the Borough from places outside Merseyside (2) recognises the economic importance to the Borough of transport links to Lancashire and Greater Manchester (3) commits itself to work in conjunction with West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council to engage further with neighbouring transport authorities to ensure these links are preserved and enhanced (4) requires a report to be prepared for and submitted to Cabinet at an early date indicating how these aims may best be achieved.”

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