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Shadow Transport team throws their support behind Rishton station stop to Manchester campaign.
Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon MP and Shadow Rail Minister Tan Dhesi MP have thrown their support behind the campaign to add Rishton as a stop to the East Lancashire to Manchester service via the Todmorden Curve.
Organised by the former MP, Graham Jones, Labour councillors Kate Walsh and Noordad Aziz and local residents met with Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon MP and Shadow Rail Minister Tan Dhesi MP to discuss with senior Parliamentarians the importance of improving rail services from Rishton station. Importantly having the Manchester Victoria service stop at Rishton. Rishton station serves 20,000 Hyndburn residents.
The call highlights how much importance the local Labour team gives to the Rishton link to Manchester as it has been escalated and received support from Labour’s shadow transport team at Parliament.
Former MP Graham Jones said, “We have to think bigger and aspire for a brighter, more positive future. Transport always brings prosperity. There have been 96,000 passenger journeys a year to Manchester Victoria since the service was introduced at Accrington station. That’s nearly 2,000 passengers a week. Hyndburn’s voice must be heard in Westminster and I am grateful to Jim and Tan for giving their time and support to Rishton councillors and residents. Two high profile parliamentarians who know how important places like Rishton are across the north if Britain is to succeed. I will be writing to the rail authorities and the government minister to press the case for better services at Rishton and across Hyndburn.”