Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has welcomed today’s announcement by George Osborne of a £10.4 million upgrade to the Halton Curve rail line to improve connectivity between Liverpool, Cheshire and North Wales.
The Airport has supported the need for the re-establishment of this important rail link ever since the idea was first proposed over 10 years ago, due to the improved public transport access to the Airport that this will bring for communities across North West Cheshire and North Wales.
Currently there are no direct public transport links from these areas to the Airport or to nearby Liverpool South Parkway rail station which serves LJLA, despite approximately 250,000 passengers each year from these areas using the Airport.
The Halton Curve scheme will dramatically improve the ease of public transport access to the Airport through the reinstatement of a section of rail track between Frodsham and Runcorn. This will allow trains to travel between North Wales, via Chester and North West Cheshire to Liverpool South Parkway for JLA and onwards to Liverpool City Centre.
The Halton Curve upgrade is included in a new £34.4 million transport package unveiled by The Chancellor as part of the Atlantic Gateway project.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Robin Tudor, Head of PR for Liverpool John Lennon Airport said, “This is tremendous news for the Airport and has been a project we have supported and been pursuing for many, many years. This scheme will now mean that communities in North West Cheshire – many of whom live close enough that they can see the Airport from across the other side of the Mersey estuary, along with passengers right across North Wales, will once again have direct rail access to Liverpool and the Airport via Liverpool South Parkway rail station.
The Halton Curve is likewise important for inbound visitors using Liverpool John Lennon Airport as a gateway to the region, providing far easier onward access to tourist destinations including Chester and areas across North Wales.”