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Friday, 8 February 2013
CAMPAIGN UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2013
Middlewich Rail Link Campaign members Stephen Dent and
Councillor Mike Parsons will be meeting with Cheshire East Council on Tuesday (12th
February) to urge the council to apply for funding for the Middlewich Rail Link
scheme from the Government’s New Station Fund.
This follows a recommendation to Local MP Fiona Bruce
from the Minister of State for Transport, Simon Burns, as reported in last week’s
Middlewich Guardian (see link below).
Fiona Bruce has already asked the council to consider
making an application for this money and Councillor Parsons and Stephen Dent
will be pressing the case on Tuesday for an application to be submitted before
the deadline on the 25th of February.
MRLC would like to correct a highly misleading
statement from a Network Rail spokesman in the same report.
It is not true that proposals to re-open Middlewich
Station have ‘already been examined by the rail industry but not progressed “due
to the lack of a sufficient business case”’.
Our 2009 report, produced by respected rail experts
the Rail Consultancy, has never been
examined by Network Rail.
That organisation’s refusal to even consider reading
the report without being paid a lot of money is precisely what is holding up
this scheme, and has been for the last three years.
We would like to call on Network Rail to withdraw this
misleading and potentially highly damaging statement, to read and carefully
consider the 2009 report, and to do the job that it should be doing – helping to
develop this country’s railway network and making it accessible to all. Dave Roberts READ THE ORIGINAL