Support growing for rail campaign

The Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Eddie Collett and local business people signing the Gazette Rail Link petition at Blackpool Town Hall.
The Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Eddie Collett and local business people signing the Gazette Rail Link petition at Blackpool Town Hall.
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More than 2,500 people have so far signed up to The Gazette’s campaign to secure a rail link between Blackpool and London – but we still need your help.

The Gazette is in the final days of its On Track To The Capital campaign and needs as many signatures as possible to put pressure on Network Rail after the operator chose to throw out Virgin’s plans to run the line.

Almost 2,000 people have signed the online petition – listing a variety of reasons including a boost to tourism and faster journey times – while other readers have returned petition coupons.

One resident who has signed the petition, Gina Kitchin, of Hilton Avenue, Ansdell, said: “I volunteered during the Olympics and travelled back and forwards in excess of 10 times within three months.

“There were constant delays and bus services from Preston which added nearly an hour on.”

Blackpool Town Crier Barry McQueen and Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Eddie Collet, have already lent their support.

Bradley Everied, from South Shore, added: “The resort needs an express train to help support tourism within the resort, as well as business passengers getting to the capital.”

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE GAZETTE’S PETITION FOR A DIRECT RAIL LINK BETWEEN BLACKPOOL AND LONDON.