I recently met with Philip Cox, Chief Executive, and Christine Gaskell, CBE, DL, Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership to discuss the petition to re-open Tarporley and Beeston Railway Station which was lately presented to me by Ian Priestner of the Re-open Tarporley and Beeston Railway Station Supporters Group.
As those of you who travel regularly by car to either Crewe or Chester will know, the roads have become severely congested, adding time and stress to journeys. Reopening the rail station, which is on the Crewe to Chester line, would serve Tarporley and neighbouring towns and villages – including Tattenhall, Bunbury and Kelsall – and reduce the pressure on parking by enabling residents and shoppers to park and ride on the railway instead.
It is anticipated that the call to re-open the station will form part of the wider consideration of local transport provision which is currently being undertaken. The Cheshire and Warrington LEP have recently released the initial findings of the Mid Cheshire and Middlewich Rail Feasibility Study, which was jointly commissioned by the LEP, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council at the behest of the Secretary of State for Transport to assess various options for re-opening the Sandbach – Middlewich – Northwich line. You can find further details about the Feasibility Study here.
I also plan to present the petition to the new Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, when Parliament resumes in September.
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