Reddish South has the unfortunate honour of being one of the quietest train stations in the UK. This shouldn’t really be a surprise when the station has just one return journey each week – what is known as a parliamentary service. For many years, I’ve been supporting the Friends of Reddish South Station in their campaign to properly reopen the station with a regular passenger service from Stockport to Manchester Victoria via both Reddish South and Denton.
It has been a long campaign, but I’m hopeful that we can make some real progress now through the Department for Transport’s Restoring Your Railway Fund, which is intended to support proposals to reinstate axed local services. Our bid was not successful in the first 2 waves of funding, but has been submitted for the third round. I have submitted the application with support from 3 other MPs (Navendu Mishra, Angela Rayner and William Wragg) and the bid has been drawn up by Transport for Greater Manchester and Stockport Council, with additional support from Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation and Tameside Council.
The scheme that we’ve put forward would not only see reopening of a passenger line from Stockport through Reddish South and Denton to Ashton Moss and then on to Manchester Victoria, but also a link from Rose Hill (Marple) to Stockport via Reddish South.
The line could also be used for light rail as part of an eastern-orbital loop, which would link Reddish South with Stockport, Didsbury, Manchester, the Etihad Campus and Ashton Moss. This idea was also submitted as part of the application to the fund.
This is a really strong application, which would really improve transport connectivity for Reddish and the Heatons, and I hope that the Department for Transport recognises the huge positive impact of the scheme and signs off the funding.