MP wants to re-open Fenton and Meir railway stations

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Stoke-on-Trent South MP, Jack Brereton, says he wants to re-open railway stations at Fenton and Meir.

Both train stations were closed in the 1960’s, but still sit on the Derby to Crewe line.

The 24-year-old Conservative, said: “I think it would be fantastic to re-open a station at Meir and possibly Fenton to improve services for the residents of North Staffordshire.

“I’ve been lobbying for station improvements because it’s important that more people can access the trains as the city is getting more congested every day.”

Brereton has been working with the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, on improving the current Derby to Crewe line ran by East Midlands Trains.

Brereton said: “We went from Stoke to Longton on the train with Chris Grayling.

”I have to say it was not the best experience and we were crammed.

“I’m very hopeful those improvements will come when the franchise is renewed.”

Services run hourly calling at Tutbury and Hatton, Uttoxeter, Blythe Bridge, Longton, Middleport, Stoke, Kidsgrove and Alsager.

However, there are limited services on a Sunday with the first train departing from Derby at 2.48pm.

Ruth Smeeth, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, believes the line is important in connecting the city’s people to Crewe and Derby.

She said: “I think in terms of East-West connectivity for the city it’s important and for the city’s economic regeneration. We need the tender process coming through the new franchise to be clear and we need the right capacity.

“Its not about one constituency, it’s about all of us along this corridor and its about how we deliver that going forward.”

An East Midlands Trains spokesperson said: “We are fully supportive of the drive by a number of stakeholders to push for improvements on the Derby to Crewe line.

“There has been a huge increase in passenger numbers on many regional routes, such as Derby to Crewe.

“Now more carriages are needed for our network to improve capacity and provide a better service on these routes, which play a crucial role in connecting local communities.

“Over our franchise, we have been successful in working with key partners and stakeholders to secure extra carriages with longer trains.

“Now trains running on the Liverpool to Norwich route are faster and there are more frequent trains between Lincoln and Nottingham.

“Moving forward, we want to work with the Government and our partners to replicate this success on other parts of the network to meet current and future demand.”

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