The Anonymous Widower

Good News For Blackpool

Blackpool hasn’t had much good news over the last few years, but could this news article in the Guardian, be the start of better times for the town.

The article describes how Great North Western Railway has been given permission to run six return trains a day between Queen’s Park in North London and Blackpool. This is an extract from the article.

GNWR has been granted firm rights to run services from Blackpool North to Queen’s Park in north-west London, calling at Crewe, Preston and Poulton-le-Fylde. GNWR intends to run its services beyond Queen’s Park into the mainline terminus at Euston, but this is contingent on Network Rail agreeing to grant the slots when the scale of disruption of work to construct the new HS2 line becomes clear.

It also intends to call at Milton Keynes, Nuneaton, Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley and Kirkham and Wesham, depending on the conclusion of other works by Network Rail.

The services will be run using new Class 390 Pendolino trains.

I think there are two possible outcomes.

The trains are delivered and six services a day are run between Blackpool and London.

But Virgin Trains already operate trains two services a day between Blackpool and London, so I would assume they will use every trick in the book to see that GNWR don’t get a successful service running on the route.

The only way to probably fight off the interloper, would be to run a comparable service.

So in either way it is good news for Blackpool.

To me, the interesting idea, is to use Queen’s Park as a London terminal, if Network Rail can’t find paths to get access to Euston.

It would appear that Queen’s Park station has plenty of space and platforms. Also because of the Bakerloo Line it has good connections to Central London.

So could it be a station that is used to take pressure from Euston during the building of HS2, by perhaps being the London terminus for some London Midland services, even if it is not used for GNWR’s services to Blackpool and other places.

It’s certainly not a problem, I would want to solve, as many won’t want there services moved from Euston.

On a personal note, the Queen’s Park to Blackpool services will be something I will use, as it is proposed they will stop at Milton Keynes, Nuneaton, Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley, Crewe, Preston, Poulton-le-Fylde and Kirkham and Wesham.

Also for me, Queen’s Park is not a difficult station to get to from where I live in Dalston.

I shall watch GNWR’s plans unfold with interest, as just as they will have a positive effect on Blackpool, they should benefit me too!

 

August 7, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | ,

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