Graham Evans MP is delighted to announce that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has today (3 July) confirmed that £10.4 million in funding has been allocated to restore the Halton Curve.
Graham Evans MP said: “ I am very pleased that the Halton Curve is to be redeveloped to provide the people of Frodsham, Helsby and Runcorn with a direct rail connection.
I have been campaigning strongly for this vital rail link for a number of years and my petition has attracted hundreds of constituents’ support.
I have been working closely with the Chancellor of The Exchequer, the Department for Transport, Merseytravel, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Halton Council and North Cheshire Rail Users Group and North Cheshire Rail Users on this very important transport link.
About the Halton Curve:
Graham Evans MP launched a campaign calling for the Halton Curve to be re-opened to provide a link from Frodsham to Halton and the Liverpool Mainline. This would mean residents around Frodsham and Helsby would be able to travel to Liverpool without changing at Chester Station.
Graham Evans said: “The Halton Curve could offer a vital passenger service, giving people across Cheshire a simple, efficient transport system.
Currently the Halton Curve is a one track route which is used for freight and a single weekly service in the summer. The relatively simple addition of another track would provide a new low cost, high benefit transport system here in Weaver Vale.
I am raising a petition to show the Department for Transport that there is a real need in Weaver Vale to put in place another track to provide a cheap, reliable and fast service which will be used by all.
Since its closure, the demand for public transport has increased as the cost of running personal vehicles has gone up dramatically. Equally, we should be looking job creation across Weaver Vale and it has been predicted that some 500 permanent jobs could be created by the project.
Please show your support for a better transport system for Weaver Vale by adding your name to the petition here."