Campaigning for better local bus services, restoring routes and regulating fares. Delivering improved stations and services on the Crewe – Derby line at Kidsgrove and Longport, with longer trains and more frequent services.
Together with colleagues from across North Staffordshire I lobbied the Government to award us funding to explore the case for reopening the Stoke-Leek line to passenger services for the first time since the 1950s. The Government recently recognised that there is indeed a case to look at reopening the Stoke-Leek line, and it is important that we know how local people feel about the chance of securing significant local rail investment from the national fund, and what impact you feel a reopened local rail line would have for you and the opportunities it might bring for the local community.
To show local support and demand for the Stoke-Leek Line, I, alongside local councillors, Cllr Smith, Cllr Evans and Cllr Edwards, have created a petition, which can be signed below.
The Petition of the residents of the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent North,
Declares that improving rail infrastructure and providing better rail services in our city and wider North Staffordshire is vital for the growth of our local economy; further that it would create jobs and unlock the potential of unused brownfield sites in our area; and further that it would greatly benefit commuters and passengers.
The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take such action as is necessary to reopen the railway between Stoke and Leek.
And the petitioners remain, etc.