£100 MILLION TO ELECTRIFY OUR LINEThe Labour Government has recently announced new plans to electrify the Liverpool to Manchester rail line which has been met with general approval from people I have spoken to. "Long overdue" has been a typical response from rail users.
The journey from Liverpool to Manchester will be reduced to about 30/35 minutes duration. Speeds will increase from 75 mph to 90mph and the 4 coach trains will be air conditioned.
But will Rainhill residents gain anything? Will the high speed trains stop at our station? The current 2 coach trains are very overcrowded at peak times - will all services be 4 coach electrified?
There are lots of questions need answering. One little thought about question has arisen from our Railway and Heritage Society - WILL THE ELECTRIC OVERHEAD CABLES FIT UNDER THE SKEW BRIDGE..??