Rail Connectivity: Burnley

Transport – in the House of Commons on 30th January 2020.

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Photo of Antony Higginbotham Antony Higginbotham Conservative, Burnley

What steps he is taking to improve rail connectivity in Burnley constituency.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Work is nearing completion to assess the potential role of a reopened Skipton to Colne rail line to deliver real benefits for passengers in east Lancashire, freight users and the local economy. That is to name but one scheme.

Photo of Antony Higginbotham Antony Higginbotham Conservative, Burnley

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer and for yesterday’s announcement on Northern rail. The reopening of the Todmorden curve in 2015 had a hugely positive impact on my constituency, providing a direct train service to Manchester once an hour. What support can his Department give me as I look at a business case to increase the frequency of that service?

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

I thank my hon. Friend for his question. He is already proving that he is going to be a strong voice for Burnley in this place, making sure that Burnley will always be heard. The best thing is probably for he and I to meet in the short-term, because there are plenty of ways in which we can help develop transport for Burnley.