Station plans are rejected by locals

A plan of the proposed interchange at Lowton to connect the Liverpool to Manchester line to the HS2 network

A plan of the proposed interchange at Lowton to connect the Liverpool to Manchester line to the HS2 network

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RESIDENTS have refused to support ambitious plans to reconnect Leigh to the national rail network, saying it will cause traffic chaos.

The Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) has said it will not back Transport for Leigh’s proposal for a new interchange station to be built where the existing Liverpool to Manchester line crosses the planned High Speed Two (HS2) railway.

The planned station would be built close to the East Lancs Road, with a spur line, off the current Liverpool to Manchester track near Winwick Lane returning off Wilton lane, bringing trains on a loop away from the existing west to east track up to the new Lowton facility.

However, LENDF has now rejected the proposals, saying the station would bring traffic in Lowton to a standstill and expressing fears the plans would lead to Green Belt land in the area becoming much more attractive to developers.

A LENDF spokesman said: “The plans would make four farms unworkable, and once these have gone the land would be easy picking for developers. In our view they would finish up having hotels, car parks and houses built on them.”

The station interchange plan has been included in the local authority’s transport strategy. A questionnaire is being prepared, for circulation to Lowton residents.