He summed up the problems ahead: “The big challenge is trying to adapt a basically Victorian infrastructure to try to accommodate these big new trains.“The difference between the quality of the trains and the environment of the station will become even starker.”In contrast other trains would still need traditional platforms which created logistical problems over use of less accessible platforms at Preston.
Noting that in 2026, in the first phase of HS2 , Preston might be the only stop on the London to Scotland route he predicted there would be increasing demands on the station as high speed extended to Crewe and further north, adding: “We need to understand what the future demand is likely to be and options to mitigate that.”LEP Board member Graham Cowley suggested it should be a joint study with Network Rail and said: “This seems to be offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for Preston overall.”He also stressed the importance of talking to other partners around Preston about “a strategic city centre strategy.” Blackpool councillor Fred Jackson flew the flag for all the county’s seaside resorts saying:” I welcome this report.
She was unable to get up without support.'She was forced to crawl across the floor to the bed to get up, but as she managed to get to her feet the defendant returned into the room and pushed her, causing her to fall.'At 12.40am she managed to crawl to a neighbour's home in the dark for help.
Evelyn stayed with her daughter for two weeks after the attack - but the independent pensioner was determined to return home.
The judge told him: 'You bent right down and said: "I want you".'That was for Mrs Birchall a horrific moment, a moment when she, albeit only for a second, thought that she was going to be raped.
It was undoubtedly a truly terrifying ordeal for Evelyn Birchall.'Preston Crown Court heard the frail pensioner, who lives alone and has heart problems, woke up in darkness to find Hodgkinson pulling her arms.
Prosecuting, David Traynor said: 'She woke up to find something touching her.
She wasn't sure if it was a man or an animal.'She received a blow to the face.
The report comes after a series of improvement works at the station, including the creation of a new bike hub and new food retailers on the main platform.It notes key changes needed to make it HS2 ready include track and signal renewal.The Transport committee meets at County Hall on Wednesday (Jan 10) and will be asked to recommend the LEP to fund and commission a study to detail how a transformed station will boost economic growth and productivity.I hope everyone is invited and gets a chance to take part.The report for the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Transport for Lancashire committee lists a catalogue of access and safety issues for passengers and says the station building “lacks presence” and gives a poor first impression of the city.The pensioner at first thought she was being attacked by animal as she fell onto the floor in the late-night assault.She feared she was going to be raped after asking Hodgkinson what he wanted for him to reply: 'I want you'.Acknowledging the LEP will have no direct control over what happens to the station county council transport planning adviser Dave Colbert stressed: “It is of significance not just to the economy of Preston and central Lancashire, but going forward to wider Lancashire and potentially into Cumbria as well as soon as HS2 (high speed train) starts to come.”He said one of the challenges was that HS2 trains needed level platforms with no step up to the train by passengers.Eventually 400 metre trains, roughly quarter of a mile long, would be going through Preston station.A thug who battered and robbed an 88-year-old woman leaving her with devastating bruises to her face has been jailed.Evelyn Birchall was sleeping in bed at her home in Chorley, Lancashire when she was viciously attacked by Andrew Hodgkinson.