by Iain Roberts on 8 January, 2020
Cheadle has moved a step closer to getting a station following a meeting of the Cheadle Village Partnership on Tuesday.
The council has agreed with the partnership that a new station for Cheadle will be our main ask from the Towns Fund. Cllr Tom Morrison has agreed to sit on the partnership board that will help to steer the bid, and the proposals have all-party support.
Cheadle was selected before the election as one of a hundred towns across the country to receive funding. Most of the locations chosen were in marginal Conservative seats and the funding on offer is up to £25 million – enough to pay for a station and associated improvements.
The station is most likely to be on the old coal yard – land off Manchester Road currently leased by the Alexandra Hospital for parking. It would sit on the line to Stockport and Chester.
The partnership board will be formed and meet before the end of January, with a bid likely to be submitted later this year.
“In ten years of campaigning for rail for Cheadle, the Lib Dem aim has always been to make sure we had a project ready to go if the opportunity arose. This is the best opportunity we have had and I would like to thank everyone who has campaigned for a rail service for Cheadle over the years.” said Cllr Keith Holloway.
“There will be many challenges and a lot of hard work before we have the station Cheadle so desperately needs, but this is a big step forward.” Keith added.24 Comments