by Iain Roberts on 1 August, 2017
For years the Lib Dem team have been campaigning to bring a train or tram/train service to Cheadle. We think the best chance is to get tram/train on the Mid-Cheshire line that runs from Stockport through Cheadle and Gatley to Baguley and Altrincham.
We’ve spoken to Government ministers and senior civil servants. We’ve worked with TfGM to make sure the plans are included in their 2040 Vision. We’ve ensured that the new Stockport Transport Interchange, due to start construction in the next few months, will be “tram-ready”. We’ve made sure that there’s space reserved for a halt behind the old Travis Perkins in Cheadle, as that’s one of the likely location.
The biggest challenge is money. As always.
We believe an orbital tram train line going across the south of Greater Manchester, linking up Tameside, Stockport, Altrincham and the Airport is important for the area’s economy, as well as giving new rail access to Cheadle and Gatley.
That’s why the Government’s announcements recently are so disappointing. The Conservatives have announced that, while they are happy to fund Crossrail 2 (which will cost around £30 billion) they are scrapping plans for electrification of rail lines outside London and the South East.
While our project isn’t one of the ones that’s been cut, ours is further down the line (if you’ll pardon the pun). So by scrapping higher-priority projects, it makes it less likely that tram/train for Cheadle and Gatley will happen.
This is where we need an MP who will fight for our area and champion the call for a new railway line. Sadly, we have not seen our MP say anything critical at all about the Government’s decision.
The Lib Dems will carry on the fight. We know that for this to happen we not only have to make the case – as we are doing – but we also need properly funded transport for the North.8 Comments