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MP’s and council leaders continue campaign to reopen Leek to Stoke Railway




MP’s from Stoke on Trent, Karen Bradley and

Staffordshire Moorlands district council leader, Sybil Ralphs met at the border of Stoke-on-Trent and the Moorlands to continue the campaign to reopen the railway line between between Leek and the city.

In March The European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EARDF) has awarded £1,427,906.83 to the Churnet Valley Railway for the Heritage Railway Infrastructure project to "Re-connect Leek" to the rail network.

The funding will cover 80% of the cost of construction of just under one-mile of railway line and associated infrastructure from the present railhead to a new station off Barnfields Road.

The target for the campaign as well as restoring the heritage railway into Leek is to reopen for passenger traffic on the nation network.

Moorlands MP Karen Bradley said

“It was great to be joined by Cllr Sybil Ralphs MBE and neighbouring MPs on Friday to continue with our campaign for the reopening of the Leek to Stoke railway line.

As we visited the line near the canal at the border of the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent, people told us how much they would like to see the trains return. I will do all I can to make sure that we have the best chance possible.”

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