Badly-needed investment in a Fylde coast train station should follow theannouncement of direct rail services between Blackpool and London are finally to return, a campaigner claimed today.
On Monday, Virgin Trains received the green light from rail bosses to run direct services from Blackpool to London Euston after an 11-year absence.
The new direct service will begin on December 15, with Kirkham and Wesham being one of the stops on the new West Coast Main Line route.
And while Blackpool campaigners have told of their delight in The Gazette, it is also good news for other areas of the Fylde.
Coun Elaine Silverwood, chairman of the Kirkham and Wesham Business group, has welcomed the announcement and believes it to be long overdue.
She now hopes investment in Kirkham and Wesham station will follow.
She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to hear this fantastic news. I know there has been lots of lobbying done by Mark Menzies MP and Coun Liz Oades to secure this.
“For Kirkham to be a part of this route is brilliant news.”
The service will depart Blackpool North at 5.25am and is due to call at Kirkham and Wesham, before arriving in London at 8.34am.
The return service from London Euston departs at 4.33pm and arrives back in Blackpool at 7.31pm.
The return of the service follows The Gazette’s On Track To The Capital campaign which was launched last year.
Coun Silverwood added: “I do hope as a result of this news, there will be some investment into making sure the station becomes compliant within the rules of the Disability Discrimination Act.
“Huge improvements are needed to ensure that the station becomes more user-friendly.
“This has got to be good news for all the local businesses in the Kirkham area and the many local commuters like myself that make the journey on a frequent basis.”