The Liberal Democrats have been long-standing supporters of the Campaign to re-open the station at Beeston and we are delighted that, as reported in The Times on July 1, the station has made a list of 50 lines/stations that the Government will consider for re-opening. (Times article HERE ).
The 6-year campaign started by Ian Priestner gathered pace recently. Last year he delivered a petition with 1200 signatures from local residents to then Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach in July 2019 who was a strong supporter of the campaign and who spoke up for the proposals in Westminster and with the Department of Transport. Antoinette, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman in Eddisbury, commented: “The Times article highlights there is a good case for re-opening the station. As we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown reopening the station would be fantastic news both for the environment and the local economy as it could efficiently connect residents to Chester, Crewe and further afield to Manchester, Birmingham and London. The new MP needs to work with the local council to secure adequate parking at the site. ”
In the last two weeks, the campaign has gathered cross-party support with support from the Conservative MP for Eddisbury with Edward Timpson now supporting the application to the Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund.
Ian Priestner commented: “The Campaign was always intended to bring together everyone in the region to re-open this valuable resource. With the support of The Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership I am pleased to see that Ed Timpson has added his voice to our work leading to the bid for the Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund. I will continue to work with Antoinette Sandbach and others to be a vocal supporter of these efforts”.
‘I would like to thank everyone that helped in anyway in the by-election, your time and efforts were very much appreciated, it was my first foray into elections, I enjoyed it, I am much fitter having walked miles and learnt a huge amount!
Although we didn’t win we took a good share of the vote and both Labour and the Greens had reduced shares compared to last time so we have re-established ourselves as the main challengers to the Conservatives.Our campaign was well received giving us a good base for May 2019!
The Eddisbury & Weaver Vale team hit the Bunbury by-election campaign trail today, led by Mark Ireland-Jones.
Despite it being cold, wet and windy, we contacted many people most of whom were glad to see us and keen to raise varied issues including buses, potholes and our Beeston Castle and Tarporley Station Campaign (petition HERE)
We all defrosted over coffee afterwards at the excellent Tilly’s Cafe in the heart of the village.
If you would like to help at the next door knocking event, please contact Mark on 07810 637233.
Ian Priestner our 2017 GE Candidate in Eddisbury reports,
I am delighted to have been invited by Beeston Parish Council to discuss plans and prospects for the Tarporley Railway Station reopening campaign. Beeston, alongside Tarporley itself, will benefit directly from reopening the station. With plans for HS2 gathering steam, it is even more important to improve our local rail infrastructure, for too long neglected. I will let you know how our discussions develop. If you want to join me at the Parish Council on the evening of 7.30 pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at Peckforton & Beeston Village Room please do. If you haven’t already please sign my petition http://www.ianpriestner4eddisbury.co.uk/tarporley_rail_stat…