CAMPAIGNERS and a chemical company could find common ground in their support for the re-opening of the Halton Curve.
Ineos Chlor, the chemicals giant based in Weston Point, and Halton Action Group Against The Incinerator (Hagati), have both shown support for the campaign to make the track available for increased use.
The two groups have been at loggerheads for years over the proposed energy-from-waste (EFW) incinerator being built in Runcorn. But Sue Bowden, of Hagati, has said that boosting the Halton Curve would reduce the number of heavy goods deliveries to Ineos. And on Saturday, campaigners boarded the Halton Curve’s ‘Parliamentary service’, which runs once a year between Chester and Liverpool.
Ninety-six passengers made the trip on the ‘ghost train’, courtesy of organisers North Cheshire Rail Users Group (NCRUG).
The chemical company wants to increase its fuel cargo traffic to the Weston Point site by nearly six times.
This week Ineos revealed that it is assessing the benefits of boosting the Halton Curve’s capacity.
The line runs some industrial trains and a summer Saturday service.
A spokeswoman for the company said: “Ineos ChlorVinyls has been involved in discussions with Merseytravel and are supporting the investigations by participating in the interest group that is looking at the potential re-opening of the Halton Curve.
“The company will evaluate the possibility of using the Halton Curve for delivery of refuse-derived fuel to the Runcorn energy from waste combined heat and power plant, as part of a wider assessment being undertaken in support of its new planning application.”