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ELR visitor numbers rocket – but council calls for commuter trains

AT a time of continued growth in visitor and volunteer numbers on in its heritage services, Rossendale Borough Council, one of the three East Lancashire Railway local authority partners, is driving forward plans to introduce commuter trains on the heritage railway.

Despite two previous in-depth surveys by respected consultancies having ruled out the idea on economic grounds, questions are being asked about the proposals, which remain at an early stage, but could inevitably be to the detriment of the much-loved heritage operation.

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