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The integrated high speed station at Preston will be at the heart of one of Britain’s most networked cities.

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The Central Lancashire station is already the busiest in the North West outside Manchester and Liverpool, and acts as a strategic hub with regular services to London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as throughout Lancashire. This position will be reinforced by the electrification of lines between Preston, Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool, being delivered by Network Rail.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) sees Preston as the engine for its ambitious plans to establish an ‘arc of prosperity’, running from Lancaster (which HS2 trains will also serve), down the west coast through Blackpool, and east through Preston to Blackburn and Burnley.

Lancashire hosts one of the world’s largest aerospace clusters, supporting over 20,000 jobs. The energy sector employs 37,000 people, including at the Heysham nuclear power stations. The strong Higher Education sector includes UCLAN in Preston city centre, one of the country’s largest universities. The tourism industry, anchored by Blackpool, is a key employer. Better transport connections will help these sectors to continue prospering.