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Lakes left out of rail plans

A Cumbrian MP has criticised the Government's rail plans, saying it is unacceptable the Lakes have been left out.

No investment for Lakes rail links.

A Cumbrian MP has said that the fact that direct services from Manchester to the Lakes line and Furness are missing is unacceptable.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has reiterated his call for direct trains from the Lake District to Manchester to be protected.

Plans to electrify routes around Manchester to create a “hub” would see an hourly service from the city to Preston, Carlisle and Scotland. But direct services to the Lakes line and Furness lines in Cumbria do not form part of the Department for Transport’s “High Level Output Specification.”

Speaking this morning, Tim said:

“It’s great news that the Government is committing such levels of investment into our railways – and capacity improvements on the West Coast Main Line, and more direct services from Manchester up the West Coast Main Line through Cumbria and beyond are great news.

“However, direct services from Manchester to the Lakes line and Furness line are missing from the Government’s specification – and this is not acceptable.

“Thousands of local residents have signed the ‘Cumbria Better Connected’ petition launched by Barrow MP John Woodcock and myself last month; and many in the tourism industry have raised their concerns directly with the Government and rail operators.

“I’ll be continuing to talk to Network Rail and First Transpennine Express to push for the retention of a decent through service from the Lake District to Manchester as these plans are developed.”

– Tim Farron MP

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