Category Archives: Rail

Trains, trams and the like related to the region around Preston.

Owner of the former BTR Leyland sells off rail interests

When I left school I went for an interview at BTR (British Tyre and Rubber) in Leyland but luckily they didn’t want me. That factory closed with the downturn in manufacturing and end of Leyland Motors as a stand-alone company. … Continue reading

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Virgin rail service in Preston decision due

The familiar Virgin rail might be about to be exited from Preston station. This week a decision on which company runs the West Coast Main Line from the 10th December 2012 will be made. Rumour has it that First Group … Continue reading

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Preston Guild 2012 turns up the heat

Preston comes together as events are announced for the 2012 Guild.  Here are four unmissables: The new multi-million pound ‘Discover Preston’ display in the Harris Museum, opened on 28th July, is something I’ve been burning to see.  On Friday 17th … Continue reading

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Preston area Rail Electrification dates announced

Network Rail have announced the dates for electrified rail services near Preston as follows: Manchester to West Coast Main Line and Newton-le-Willows, December 2013 Newton-le-Willows to Liverpool Lime Street; Hyton to Wigan, December 2014 Preston to Blackpool, December 2015 Manchester … Continue reading

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Electrification of the Manchester to Blackpool line

The Chancellor confirmed in Wednesday’s budget what had been stated before. That the line from Manchester to Blackpool via Preston will be electrified.  Just to remind us that some money is flowing into the North West, although it doesn’t compare … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail to Preston

Ben Wallace MP for Wyre and Preston North spoke in parliament on including Preston in the High Speed Rail route, HS2. To which Justine Greening replied as below. As reported in ‘they work for you’: Ben Wallace (Wyre and Preston North, … Continue reading

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Trams in Preston – Edinburgh’s lessons

For quite some time there has been the idea of building a tram track and trams in Preston using part of the old Longridge rail line, including a route along Church Street. On paper this seems a good idea enabling … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail consultation period ends

The High Speed Rail consultation period concluded at the end of July and decision making will take until the end of the year. At present the line is planned to extend as far as Manchester in the north-west but it … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail challenge

Today the public consultation begins on the High Speed 2 rail link from London to the North, and campaigners who live near London are rallying support.  The campaigners are mainly those who won’t get direct benefit from the line and are objecting on environmental … Continue reading

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Manchester to Blackpool rail electrification by 2016

Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Transport, stated in Parliament on the 25th November 2010: ‘The Chancellor also announced on 20 October the electrification of the lines between Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Blackpool, representing an investment of up to £300 … Continue reading

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Manchester to Blackpool Rail Electrification

It was a surprise to discover the good news announced in the governments spending review on 21st October 2010 seemed to have no coverage.  Here is what the chancellor said: ‘In the North West, we will invest in rail electrification between Manchester, … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail to go ahead

It was announced this week that the extension of high speed rail north from London will go ahead and not be part of a spending reduction. The statement was that building would begin in 2015 to Birmingham and then be extended to Manchester … Continue reading

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Rail Strikes ahead

Rail strikes threatened.  The RMT union are very busy at the moment with threatened strikes about whether signalmen work 3 days or 4 days and about re-structuring of maintenance staff resulting in 1500 redundancies out of 18,000 staff.  In Scotland they’ve … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail from Manchester, not Preston, announced

The government announced its proposed 250mph High Speed Rail link plan today with a Y shaped network. The line to Birmingham from Euston is to be first followed by a line to Manchester and a separate one from Birmingham to Sheffield … Continue reading

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Green Party and Lancashire

An election is coming so what will some of the parties be offering to the region.  Starting with the Green Party. They deserve a couple of seats in Parliament, I think.  You expect the Green Party to support green policies. Yes, … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail to miss Preston?

The High Speed 2 Company submitted its plans to Lord Adonis who will declare the preferred routes in March 2010.  To date the proposal has shown a line up the west coast via Preston to Glasgow but yesterdays newspapers seemed cooler on this idea.  … Continue reading

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Manchester – Preston – Blackpool Electrification

Lord Adonis, today, put more substance behind the pre-budget statement that seemed to cover electrification of only Manchester – Preston. It now includes Blackpool, which makes more sense.  His statement reads: ”The first line is between Huyton – on the … Continue reading

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Preston to Manchester Rail Electrification in pre-budget statement.

Yesterday, 9th Dec, the Chancellor stood up in Parliament and said in his pre-budget announcement; ‘I can tell the House today that I have also given the go-ahead to further plans for rail electrification between Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. The … Continue reading

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Lostock Hall Engine Sheds Regeneration

Householders in Lostock Hall have been sent a questionnaire asking what use they would like to be made of the designated open space on the old railway engine shed and sidings. It is quite a large area on both sides of … Continue reading

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Preston Railway Station investment

Preston station was named as the 6th worst station in the UK with platform access via the steps as one of the worst features. The government announced that the worst stations would get a total of £50m spent on them … Continue reading

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