Road and rail lobby groups were waiting this morning to see if a report published by the Government would contain any news on the A56 Villages Bypass and the possibility of reopening the rail link between Colne and Skipton.
The report, whch will be published later today, will lay out plans for an overhaul of transport across the north of England, including multi-billion pound rail schemes and developing new east-west road links.
Unions have described the plans as “pie in the sky nonsense” but the think tank Public Policy North has called them “very positive”.
Lancashire County Council has included the bypass in its long-term programme up to 2021, but no specific router has been agreed for it.
Earlier this month it was revealed that the Pacer trains running between Colne and Preston were to be replaced by newer, more modern ones.