Skelmersdale new rail link

Update: July 2022

The government's Department for Transport have let us know that our business case for a rail link and station won't be moving to the next stage. But we'll be working with partners including the DfT to look at other transport improvements in the town.

Find out more about the new direction to be taken for Skelmersdale transport plans.

The proposed transport link would ensure that people in the town are better connected to the regional centres of Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. This will open up job, education and training opportunities, as well as new leisure activities.

It will also encourage business development in the town, supporting both new and existing developments, encouraging regeneration and future investment, and leading to lasting transformational change in the town.

The link would significantly contribute to reducing carbon emissions, improve local air quality, and help to encourage healthy and active travel. 

The Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC), prepared by consultants Mott McDonald, examines the case and feasibility for creating a new rail link in the town.

It has been developed by the county council, working in partnership with organisations including Merseytravel, Network Rail and West Lancashire Borough Council.

The SOBC will shortly be submitted by the county council to the Department for Transport for consideration in relation to consideration of the preferred Town Centre Station option and the next stage of project development.

A new line would connect Skelmersdale to the rail network for the first time since 1956.

If agreement is given, the plans would then move to the next stage of the development process, with more detailed engineering and demand forecasts, and a refinement of options.