Just think of all the rail journeys that will be able to be made not only from Liverpool to North Wales and all places in between - but crucially also the connections that can be made whether at Runcorn or elsewhere. Just think, as Frodsham residents, we will be able to walk from our homes to Frodsham station and be able to go to London or further afield.
Current projections suggest a boost to our economy of more than £100m each year. Equally impressive is that the new rail service is likely to carry around 250,000 people a year and get rid of around 170,000 car journey a year too.
Network Rail will be installing cross of junctions at both the Frodsham and Runcorn ends of the curve - enabling for the first time in over 50 years for trains to run southbound as well as northbound. The signalling arrangements will be completed updated. The line and the surrounding existing control areas will be upgraded to the latest signalling. The old semaphore signals and signal levers will be replaced. I've asked Network Rail for the old semaphore signal from the Frodsham Junction along with some of the old signal levers to be donated to us as a community so we can preserve them - perhaps at Castle Park or at the restored Frodsham Railway station building.
As you'd expect there were one or two speeches this morning. The most impressive speeches were made by Ced Green Chairman of the North Cheshire Rail Users Group and Karla Telford Network Rail's project engineer who will be masterminding the project. Many of the speakers congratulated Ced for his tireless work of lobbying for the restoration of the Halton Curve. In his turn Ced thanked Lynn, me and Alan McKie (Helsby Councillor) for our support and efforts too.
Lynn, Alan and I took every opportunity to press for improvements to the Frodsham and Helsby station car parks. I pointed out to Network Rail that they could help Frodsham in particular as they own land at the top of our station car park.