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Report in The Times – July 1, 2020

This article was placed in The Times on July 1, it is behind a firewall but the the thrust of the article is that the Government is looking to re-open 50 new stations/lines including Beeston/Tarporley.

Furthermore Ed Timpson, MP has submitted a bid to the Restoring Your Railways Ideas Fund to assist in funding the scoping costs of the reopening of the Beeston Castle & Tarporley Railway Station.

The Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership is also a key supporter.

Overview

We are currently working on campaigning on critical issues that will be needed to bring together the various organisations responsible for making the decision on re-opening our station. Some of the specific areas we are working on include:

Parking

The closure of the Beeston Auction site opposite the station will create the opportunity for land to be secured for parking opposite the station and we urge Chester West and Chester Council (CWaC) to consider this in any future planning application. This is a golden opportunity for ‘joined up thinking‘ on meeting the future transport needs of the constituency.

HS2

With the recent announcement giving the go-ahead for HS2 the line from North Wales and Chester into Crewe will be vital in feeding passengers in to the new terminal. A new station would be an important part of showing how this national project benefits the local community.

Investment in the North

With Government’s commitment to ‘levelling up the economy‘ the re-opening of the station would be a perfect example of a relatively low cost infrastructure development that could be delivered in a short space of time. The catchment area has increased significantly in recent years with new housing in Tarporley and surrounding villages.

The Environment

This project would contribute to meeting the Government’s environmental commitments. It would reduce road traffic into both Crewe and Chester during the busy commuting times and reduce the overall traffic on the A51 which is already overstretched.

Transport for the North strategy

Transport for the North (TfN) is a partnership, they bring the North’s 20 local transport authorities and business leaders together with Network Rail, Highways England, and HS2 Ltd, and work with Central Government. They enable the North to speak with one voice on the transport infrastructure investment needed to drive transformational growth and rebalance the UK economy.

Contact them at https://transportforthenorth.com/about-transport-for-the-north/contact-us/

Cheshire and Warrington LEP

The LEP supports businesses in Cheshire and is one of the organisations that influences transport decisions. Find out more…