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Petition launched to reopen Meir railway station

Pictured L to R: MP Jack Brereton, Meir South councillor Faisal Hussain & Cllr for regeneration Daniel Jellyman

A Stoke-on-Trent MP is campaigning to get Meir railway station reopened more than 50 years after it closed.

Jack Brereton, the member of Parliament for Stoke south, has launched a petition.

He says reopening the station would help improve transport links and help ease congestion in the city.

Meir Station, off George Avenue, was closed down in 1966 as part of the infamous Beeching cuts, and there is little evidence today it existed.

Mr Brereton is now calling on residents to sign a petition calling for the station’s reinstatement, in order to demonstrate to the Government the public’s strength of feeling on the issue.

He said: "Lots of the people I have spoken to want to see rail services back here in the Meir, so that they just jump on the train to go into Longton or further afield and it would be fantastic to have services back here again.

"It's been a huge time since we had a rail service here and to have trains stopping here again is what we want."

A new rail operator Abellio is preparing to start operating East Midlands Railway in August, which includes Crewe to Derby.

Mr Brereton said: "They have promised to deliver improved services that will see increased services in the evenings and weekend and more carriages on those routes to address overcrowding.

"There will initially be two carriages on every train but then moving to three on some trains which will vastly improve the capacity on the line.

"I don't have a figure for how much reopening Meir Station would cost yet, but that is something I'm working with the city council on. There is already a footbridge over the line and over the A50, so really it's just the shelters and platforms that need to be put in place.

Meir South councillor Faisal Hussain is backing the campaign.

He said: "This would be good for people in my ward and all of Meir. It would make it easier to go to work or go shopping in places like Longton, or elsewhere but it would also help people get into Meir, people might just want to stop off here which in turn helps boost the local economy."

 

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