City set to benefit from rail

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Commuters from Lancaster will enjoy shorter journey times to London and the south when the country’s new £32 billion high speed rail link is built, the Government’s transport minister has said.

The proposals could also benefit Carnforth station, according to Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris.

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport. told MP for Lancaster Eric Ollerenshaw in parliament on Monday that “shorter journey times to Lancaster will certainly be a result and a benefit for his constituents.”

The pledge came after the government announced new stations in the north as part of Phase 2 of its HS2 project.

Mr Ollerenshaw said that high-speed trains from London to Manchester would enter the West Coast Main Line just above Wigan, stopping at Preston, Lancaster, Carlisle and Glasgow.

Last year there was speculation that Lancaster could be removed as a stop on the West Coast Main Line.

Construction of Phase 1 of the HS2 – the London to West Midlands route – is expected to begin in 2017.