Stoke City backs plans to build new railway stop at Britannia Stadium

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Stoke City chiefs are backing potential plans to build a new railway stop outside Britannia Stadium.

It is hoped the plans will reduce road congestion around Stoke on match days.

The announcement comes after a city councillor unveiled plans to move the current main railway station from Shelton to a new location in Etruria Valley.

Under the same proposals, Cllr Jack Brereton has suggested a new stop on the mainline at Britannia Stadium would help the city to cope with football traffic.

And a Stoke City spokesperson told Staffslive: “We are aware of Councillor Jack Brereton’s proposals, which include the possible creation of a railway station to service the Britannia Stadium.

“We would welcome such a development as it would undoubtedly help supporters access the stadium on a match day and relieve pressure on the road network.”

Lifelong Stoke City fan, Matthew Bullock, 25, said: “The only problem is this could take 15 years – our ground would be nearly 35 by that point and may not be not fit for use, also the money might need to be used elsewhere.

“But for us to grow as a club and to increase our fan-base, the new station would help immensely if it linked up easily with other local stations such as Longton.”

The transport plan to upgrade North Staffordshire’s railways will be submitted to the government within the next two months by Cllr Brereton, cabinet member for regeneration and transport.

Staffordshire University students have expressed their surprise at the potential move to relocate the main station, which is currently just a few hundred yards from the university campus.

The train station was built in 1848 and has more than one million users every year.

Many students use the train station to commute in daily.

The plans come after Stoke-on-Trent lost out on plans to build HS2, a high-speed rail network that will now be built in Crewe.

It is expected that HS2 will generate 100,000 new homes, and 120,000 jobs in Stoke-on-Trent, a level of growth that will not be sustainable without more connectivity to HS2.

The funding for the multi-million pound project would be funded by private sector contributions and government grants.

If the plans are unfeasible, the current station will be expanded to four tracks instead of two.

Many Staffordshire University students disagree with the plans, as they will find it both harder to travel in, and to go home.

Amina Nuur, a Staffordshire University student, said the move would be “terrible”.

“I commute from Birmingham and my entire journey is almost two hours from home to university.

“The only convenience is the fact the university is directly opposite the station!”

The plans, if put into place, would take 20 years to complete.

Watch reaction to the plans in our video, below:

(Additional reporting by Flora Byatt)

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