Carnforth train bid hits buffers

Passengers make their way to the platform at Carnforth train Station, Lancashire, after the official re-opening today October 17th 2003, following the stations refurbishment. Both the station and the clock have been immortalised in the 1945 movie Brief Encounters. See PA story RAIL Encounter. PA Photo: Owen Humpreys.
Passengers make their way to the platform at Carnforth train Station, Lancashire, after the official re-opening today October 17th 2003, following the stations refurbishment. Both the station and the clock have been immortalised in the 1945 movie Brief Encounters. See PA story RAIL Encounter. PA Photo: Owen Humpreys.

THE chances of Carnforth being added to the main London Euston to Glasgow train route are extremely slim, says Network Rail.

Instead, the number of stops on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) might actually be reduced to speed up journeys, which could mean less services calling at Lancaster railway station.

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has led a high-profile campaign for Carnforth Railway Station to be a stop on the London-Glasgow route, even speaking about the issue in the House of Commons, and enlisting the support of his celebrity friend and rail campaigner Pete Waterman.

But Keith Lumley, spokesman for Network Rail, told The Visitor: “My honest opinion is that it’s unlikely to happen.

“When the West Coast Main Line was modernised, we spent £9billion upgrading it with the intention of being able to introduce a very high frequency timetable.

“The whole driver behind it was to introduce more train services and increase speed of service.

“To introduce additional stations or stops on it completely negates the point of having high speed train services.”

See The Visitor (20-07-11) for full story.