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Support for Burscough Curves petition doubles
18 November 2009

A Southport councillor who started a petition to reinstate a disused railway has thanked The Champion after our story earlier this month doubled support for it.

Norwood councillor and Merseytravel committee member David Sumner's petition to bring back the Burscough Curves had attracted just 250 signatures in the six months since he first launched it, but after featuring in the Champion that number has jumped to more than 500.

"I'd like to thank The Champion for featuring this petition, because without the newspaper's help the count wouldn't have doubled as quickly as it has," he said.

"We're well on the way now to getting the required number of signatures for the Government to look at this petition, and hopefully look again at the Burscough Curves."

Cllr Sumner launched the petition on the Downing Street website in April this year to persuade the Government to investigate reinstating the Burscough Curves, a half-mile stretch of railway linking both the Southport to Manchester and the Ormskirk to Preston lines.

He believes that if the track was re-laid there would be potential to run services from Southport to both Preston and Ormskirk, and restore services not seen since the 1960s.

A community website based in Southport has also urged residents to sign up to the petition, which has also helped to contribute to the doubling in signatures on the petition.

However a second petition to reinstate the curves has failed to attract the support of residents, and closed on November 9 with just three signatures of support.

Notable supporters of the Burscough Curves campaign include both Southport MP John Pugh and West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, along with many councillors from Sefton, West Lancashire, and Lancashire County Council.

If you would like to support David Sumner's petition in support of bringing back the Burscough Curves, visit the petition's web page online at

By David Simister


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