As much as I enjoy telling people about the solitary ‘Parliamentary train’ which runs through Reddish South Station, I’ve long hoped for a resumption of more regular and useful train services to improve accessibility for people across Reddish and the Heatons.
That’s why I was delighted last year when my ‘Restoring Your Railway Fund’ bid, supported by local MPs Navendu Mishra, Angela Rayner and William Wragg, was successful in the third round of the funding application.
This bid would see the reopening of a passenger line from Stockport through Reddish South and Denton to Ashton Moss and then on to Manchester Victoria, as well as linking Rose Hill (Marple) to Stockport via Reddish South.
The success of the bid at the third stage meant £50,000 was made available by the Department for Transport to develop the proposals further. Last month, residents had the chance to give their views in a survey, which was a great opportunity for people across Stockport and Tameside to make the case for this new service. The results from this survey will be used to inform a Strategic Business Case which will be sent to the Department for Transport.
In a time when you don’t read many good stories about politics, the progress of this bid represents a nice change. My bid was backed by MPs from across the political spectrum and is being taken forward by the national government working together with local government.
It’s also a win for local campaigners, in particular the Friends of Reddish South Station, who have been tireless in their calls for the resumption of a regular rail service. I hope to be able to use this service in the future, and I hope residents across Reddish and the Heatons will find that it really improves accessibility for them across Greater Manchester.