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MP calls for action to reopen Colne to Skipton railway
8:00am Tuesday 25th September 2012 in News
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has called for government action to reopen the Colne to Skipton rail line.
The Tory backbencher has put down a Commons motion on the issue. It reads: “I congratulate Skipton East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP) on its ongoing campaign to reopen the Skipton to Colne line.
“I welcome this government’s commitment to investing in transport infrastructure especially in the North West such as the Todmorden Curve.
“I note that 17,000 residents in Pendle have no access to rail facilities, that because of poor transport options 148 of the 279 most deprived wards nationwide are along the line of the railway between Shipley, Skipton and Blackburn, and that rail journey times from Colne to Liverpool or Leeds are an hour longer and to Manchester 45 minutes longer than in 1950.
“I encourage the Secretary of State for Transport to support SELRAP’s campaign to reopen the Skipton to Colne line.”