Station campaign gathers steam

A campaign to re-open the long defunct Tarporley Railway Station has begun.

Located in Beeston, the station lies on the Crewe to Chester line and has been by-passed since its closure in April 1966 as part of the Beeching report’s reshaping of British Railways.

After its closure the station buildings were demolished but the platforms survived.

Now, a local man Ian Priestner says it is time to look at re-opening the station. He says that over 500 cars an hour using the Chester-Crewe road at peak times so re-opening Tarporley station makes sense and will help with parking too.

A petition has been started on the Lib Dem’s man’s campaigning website www.tarporleystationcampaign.co.uk which has attracted over 400 signatures so far. He has even put up a poster near the Red Fox.

Ian says: “Let’s get Tarporley Station up and running again. It will allow easier access for many Eddisbury residents saving time especially for those commuting to or visiting the Midlands and London.”

tarp-railway-station-tarporley-old-pictureThousands of small stations and branch lines across Britain were closed in the 1960s as the government sought to modernise the network.

The formal closure proposal was in 1964 but it took until October 1965 for the station and its neighbour Tattenhall Road, on the same line, to be closed to passengers. The goods facilities at Beeston Castle & Tarporley closed the following year and the last services ran on Sunday 17th April 1966, with the station closed completely on Monday 18th April 1966.