This is a video of our MP John Pugh arguing the case for investment in small rail schemes like the Burscough Curves. The Southport Visiter has a version of the story too
As John's website says:
In a debate at Westminster today (27th April), John Pugh urged the "Government to be bold...and to put down a piece of rail that had not previously been there - as happens in other countries...At the moment, we have no such practice or history to look at. We know about bypasses and what happens as a result of them, but we have no idea whether restoring the Todmorden, Halton or Burscough curves will involve either the impact that the promoters believe, or some of the costs that the Government fear."