|An electric train at Morecambe Promenade station in 1964.|
Photo, featured in "Little" North Western Railway, courtesy Martin Bairstow.
Used with permission
|Morecambe Promenade Station in 1933. Via this web site|
"I expect that the first electric trains will start running in 2013 and the project will be
completed by 2016 at an estimated cost of up to £300 million," Railways Minister, Theresa
Villiers, said back in February. "This will be funded using the Network Rail Regulated Asset Base, which is financed as part of the five yearly determinations by the Office of Rail Regulation that establishes the grant paid to Network Rail by the Department [of Transport]."
Councillor Rollins feels that if a new electric service replaced the current irregular and, at peak hours, overcrowded diesel service between Morecambe and Lancaster, more capacity would be available and a regular reliable service could ease inter urban road congestion. The connection would also open up the possibility of through services to Manchester and other destinations on the electrified rail network.
He told the Full Council meeting that the distance to be electrified was little more than two miles - part of which had in the past already been used by an electric rail service. In rail terms, he argued, the work could be carried out a moderate cost but provide great benefits to the area.
EMU with diamond type pantograph leaving Green Ayre Station in 1965. Via this web site
• Morecambe Branch Line history (Wikipedia)
• Network Rail: Electrification Page
• The "Little" North Western Railway by Martin Bairstow details the history of this line
|Railways around Lancaster in Morecambe in 1913, Railway Clearing House|