Hundreds of people hoping to be connected from a Wyre town to the capital have aired their reasons for backing The Gazette’s On Track to the Capital campaign.
Community leaders are eager for Blackpool to be linked up with London as they believe the line will bring benefits to the town as Virgin proposed to stop its service at Poulton Station - the nearest stop to the port.
And those living in Fleetwood, who would frequently catch a train to the capital if the line was to be re-instated, have called on Network Rail to reverse their decision to throw out Virgin’s plans to run the rail link.
Members of Fleetwood’s line dancing club were some of the first to sign up.
President Norma Edwards, 80, of Larkholme, Fleetwood, said: “Everyone is of the same opinion which is we need it because it could help.
“If you want a weekend in London you can hop on a train and they would also bring people from London to Blackpool and Fleetwood.
“Passengers won’t have to mess about by changing at Preston and waiting there.
“I honestly think it will be a good idea because we could have trips from our community centre to London, which is easily done.”
Fleetwood resident Dean Jackson, of Hazel Avenue, has also signed the petition in the hope of it raising his job prospects.
He said: “I signed to strengthen my chances of acquiring a train drivers job.
“Also, of course, to increase much needed prosperity to Blackpool and its surrounding areas.”
The Gazette’s campaign is aimed at putting pressure on Network Rail to back the rail link, and has so far been supported by hundreds.
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, has already backed the campaign.
Speaking when the petition was first set up, Mr Ollerenshaw said: “I was looking forward to a train which went directly to Blackpool with a stop at Poulton which would help my constituents immensely in Fleetwood.”