An election hopeful has launched a campaign to get Beeston Castle and Tarporley station up and running again.
Liberal Democrats’ parliamentary candidate for Eddisbury Ian Priestner believes its reinstatement would be an ‘asset’ to the community.
The station, which is on the Crewe-Chester line, was closed in the 1960s and parts of the platform and the signal box are all that remain.
Mr Priestner said: “Reopening the station would allow easier access for many Eddisbury residents, saving time especially for those commuting to or visiting the Midlands and London.
“It will also help to ease the pressure on our roads; according to the Department for Transport over 700 cars arrive at Crewe Station every hour over a 12-hour period, often delaying busy travellers getting to work.
“Then of course there are the environmental arguments, like reducing emissions from cars.
“So you can build a case for saying that the station should be reopened.”
With the announcement that the Halton Curve will be reinstated and the recommendation that the Warrington to Chester and Chester to Stockport lines are electrified, Mr Priestner believes railways are ‘creeping up the political agenda’.
He has created a petition and is inviting residents who would also like Beeston and Tarporley to have access to a station again to show their support.
“I do a lot of surveys across the constituency and quite a lot of people are saying that it is a good idea,” he added.
“I am fighting a campaign and this is one of the things that I want to promote – increasing use of public transport where we can and where it makes sense.”
To sign the petition, visit www.ianpriestner4eddisbury.co.uk/tarporley_rail_station_campaign .