Councillor lobbies for Morecambe to Lancaster rail upgrade

Railway line at Bare Station. Railtracks between Morecambe and Lancaster.
Railway line at Bare Station. Railtracks between Morecambe and Lancaster.

A campaigner for better rail links in our district is lobbying for the Morecambe to Lancaster railway line to be electrified.

Councillor Richard Rollins said the line has been “strangely omitted” from plans to electrify other lines throughout the north.

He warned the five-mile line is too congested and could cause delays to main line services unless action was taken.

“It’s one of the shortest and cheapest to electrify,” said Coun Rollins,

“Many other lines are being electrified and we could be left as the only diesel branch line in the region.

“The Local Rail User Group did a survey and 184 people were using the two-car diesel from Morecambe to Lancaster at peak times. That’s overcrowding.”

Lancaster City Council debated the issue on Wednesday at Morecambe Town Hall.

They voted in favour of a cross-party motion to ask for electrification during a current public consultation on northern rail services, which runs until October 21.

But Coun Abbott Bryning said: “In Morecambe you’d have difficulty getting more than two coaches in. I think this is on a wish list. How would it stand up against the greater need of links to Barrow and Leeds?”