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”.
More details about the campaign can be found on www.tarporleystationcampaign.co.uk