Commission a Study for Trams on the Fleetwood Rail Line
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"A Fleetwood to Poulton tramway could do more than a railway ever could"
The Fleetwood branch line has been neglected for years. It's about time something was done about it!
Blackpool Tramway has brought large economic benefits to the Fleetwood area as well as the wider Fylde Coast. It has over 5 million passengers per year, which more than all of the railway stations on the Fylde Coast combined. A new line would be just as successful.
If the Poulton to Fleetwood line was opened as a light rail route, it would more provide benefits to the economy than a train link ever could. A tramway could easily connect from the line directly in to Fleetwood's high street businesses and residential areas, but a new railway would require a new station that would likely unable to be in an ideal location without large costs.
This plan would introduce many new stops for residents than a railway would, making it much easier for people to reach services. disabled people would find this hugely helpful, as less walking would be involved wheelchairs and buggys could take advantage of the tram's low floor access rather than dealing with the large and dangerous gaps between trains and platforms.
Now that Network Rail have removed the former junction for the line at Poulton it is much more difficult, disruptive and costly to reintroduce a new heavy rail service. A tramway does not need to connect in to the national network but can also connect into poulton station for seamless interchange with mainline trains.
trams have the advantage that they can be introduced without having to deal with Network Rail and the government, and would only need local council support to proceed. So much more deliverable, has less risk, and a shorter implementation period than a railway.
Other towns and cities across the world are embracing trams, including conversion of former rail lines. It's brought huge impacts across the world. Fleetwood can't miss out its huge potential and the decision makers should carry out a new study to address the options avaliable
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