Rail link dream hits the buffers

Virgin Trains high speed tilting Pendolino
Virgin Trains high speed tilting Pendolino
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Blackpool’s dream of a direct rail link to London is in tatters after Network Rail refused Virgin’s application.

In a move that has outraged MPs, businessmen and councillors, the country’s rail operator claims the west coast main line is already too busy and could not accommodate extra routes.

It had been hoped the rail link would bring thousands of extra visitors to the resort after it was suggested holidaymakers and traders could arrive in Blackpool two and a half hours after leaving the capital.

But Network Rail has announced it has rejected Virgin’s plans amid claims the service would cause others to be delayed.

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