Fleetwood railway line - Reopening feasibility study

An initial study has been completed into the feasibility of reopening the Fleetwood to Poulton-le-Fylde railway.

The study to reopen the railway was submitted by Lancashire County Council to the Department for Transport in June 2021 for consideration within the government's 'Restoring Your Railway' programme. The Department for Transport is now taking the lead on the next steps and any subsequent programme.

The Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC), prepared by Atkins on behalf of Lancashire County Council, examines the case and feasibility for re-opening the 5-mile line which was closed to passenger traffic in 1970, and freight in 1999.

Developed in partnership with the Department for Transport, Blackpool Council, Blackpool Transport, Fleetwood Town Council, Network Rail, Poulton & Wyre Railway Society, Wyre Borough Council, the study looked at three options:

  • Restoration of the heavy rail link integrating with the national rail network at Poulton-le-Fylde.
  • Extending the existing tram network at Fleetwood Ferry and Poulton-le-Fylde.
  • A tram/train hybrid scheme where light rail vehicles are able to operate on both heavy and light rail systems.

A review of existing bus provision has also been carried out, which concludes that improvements to local bus services and interchange with rail services could be delivered as part of the emerging National Bus Strategy.