The promoters of a scheme to reinstate two chords at Burscough in Lancashire made a submission to the Department for Transport Restoring Your Railway Fund. An award from this fund enables a scheme promoter to make progress towards developing a business case. The submission was unsuccessful.

Lancashire resid­ents could be on track for better rail connections thanks to a cross-party group of MPs campaigning for the reinstatement of a rail line that once served local communities. Conservative MPs for Southport and South Ribble, Damien Moore and Katherine Fletcher, have joined with West Lancashire’s Labour MP, Rosie Cooper, and Sir Mark Hendrick, Labour MP for Preston. The group, in conjunction with Lancashire County Council leader Geoff Driver, are working together in the hopes of achieving the reinstatement of 1.4 miles of track at Burscough in West Lancashire that once linked the Southport-Wigan-Manchester and Liverpool-Ormskirk-Preston lines.

Source: Southport, Preston and West Lancs MPs launch Burscough curve rail bid, on LancsLive website.
Location of the former Burscough curves

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The town has two main railway stations: Burscough Junction, on the Liverpool to Preston line, was opened by the East Lancashire Railway on 2 April 1849, though the line now terminates at Ormskirk. Burscough Bridge, on the Southport to Manchester line, was opened by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway on 9 April 1855. There is also a third station two miles from the centre in New Lane, which is a small halt on the same line as Burscough Bridge. These lines formerly had a junction known as the Burscough curves. The deletion of the curves prevents through train services between Ormskirk and Southport and Southport and Preston. The presence of the two stations is a sign of the two previous villages and their differing landowners.

Source: Burscough – Wikipedia.

Further reading

Burscough – Wikipedia

Extra Services To Southport On Merseyrail’s Northern Line, on The Anonymous Widower website

Interchange At Burscough, on The Anonymous Widower website

Southport, Preston and West Lancs MPs launch Burscough curve rail bid, on LancsLive website