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New line plan for Skelmersdale

Preliminary studies have begun into opening a new rail line to serve a new station at Skelmersdale.

Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and Merseytravel are looking at the issues, which will continue through NR’s GRIP Stage 3 (Governance for Railway Investment Projects, Option Selection).

Network Rail has advised Lancashire County Council that the GRIP3 work alone could cost as much as £4 million, and has suggested these key dates:

N GRIP3 concluded, January 2017.

N GRIP4 (Single options selection), to January 2019.

N GRIP6 (Construction, commissioning) April 2021 to April 2023.

N Train services start December 2023.

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  • Paul Sleightholm - 11/09/2015 09:34

    A fast track approach to developing and construction new lines needs to be used, the GRIP timescales are far too long. 8 years to have a train running on the line is mind blowing, 2 years to construct but 4 years to develop wake up Network Rail and the Government this should be done in 3 years from start to finish as a maximum

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