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Lancashire’s rail network could expand

June 16, 2009

Rail travel may be returning to parts of Lancashire that have been off the network for more than 40 years.

Fleetwood's North Euston Hotel

Fleetwood's North Euston Hotel

Fleetwood’s main station Queen’s Terrace, which closed in April 1966 and Rawtenstall could benefit from the findings of Association of Train Operating Companies published yesterday.

The report found that 14 lines across the country closed under the Beeching cuts in the 1960’s could reopen.

Its chief executive Michael Roberts said that

he original line to Fleetwood was opened in the 1840’s three years after the first buildings of Peter Hesketh’s new town were erected.

The line soon became an important link to the port with steamers running to Belfast ,Londonderry and the Isle of Man .Decline though set in with the Manchester Ship Canal and the expansion of other ports in the North West.

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