Bid to electrify railway line

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A COUNCIL working group could be set up to help push for the re-electrification of the railway between Lancaster and Morecambe.

At last week’s full Lancaster City Council meeting, Heysham South city councillor Richard Rollins asked council leader Coun Eileen Blamire whether the authority was trying to get the stretch of track, which is currently used by diesel trains, included in the North West Railway Electrification Scheme.

Coun Blamire said Lancashire County Council was the local transport authority, but added that the city council would remind County Hall of the importance of improving the service.

In response to a request by Coun Rollins, she added that she would examine the possibility of setting up a working group.

After the meeting, David Bousfield, chairman of the Lancaster and Morecambe Rail Users Group, said it supported re-electrification of the line, which was previously electrified from 1908 until 1966.

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-09-11) for full story.