Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has formally submitted a proposal to the Restoring Your Railway Fund for a passenger service from Stockport to Ashton-under-Lyne, stopping at Reddish South and Denton.
The Restoring Your Railway Fund will distribute £500 million of funds to reinstate axed local services and restore stations. MPs, local councils and community groups from across England and Wales can submit proposals to the Department for Transport.
With the support of Transport for Greater Manchester and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Gwynne has submitted a proposal to expand and upgrade the line between Heaton Norris Junction in Stockport and Guide Bridge/Ashton Moss Junction. Trains would stop at Reddish South and Denton stations, which would both be upgraded.
The route would form part of an orbital rail route between Stockport and Tameside, something that Greater Manchester is currently lacking.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“In Denton and Reddish, we have been under-served by a rail system for far too long. That’s why I was delighted to submit a formal bid for funds for an Ashton-Stockport line, stopping in both Denton and Reddish.
“This line would open up all sorts of new opportunities for people in our area, as well as finally providing a proper rail link between Tameside and Stockport – which is long overdue.
“Thanks to the Mayor of Greater Manchester and Transport for Greater Manchester for their technical help in putting the big together.”