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Bill Cash MP
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Sir Bill Cash MP – Barlaston/Wedgwood stations

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016
 
Today, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Transport, Paul Maynard MP has written a letter (enclosed) to Sir Bill setting out plans for improvements for passengers using the West Midlands rail services, and stating in his letter –

“Thank you for taking the time to write in to the consultation regarding reopening Barlaston station with which you also enclosed the observations of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport in response to the presentation of a petition in Parliament. We have received requests to reinstate rail services where a replacement bus is currently in operation, this has been predominantly at Barlaston and Wedgwood. We are asking bidders to develop proposals and costs to reinstate rail services at either Wedgwood/Barlaston stations. …”
 
Sir Bill had earlier presented a petition in the House of Commons declaring “that the residents of Barlaston request the reopening of Barlaston railway station.”
 
Sir Bill added –
 
“At present, my constituents wishing to travel by train from Barlaston must first take either one or two buses to Stoke-on-Trent or Stafford and then undertake journeys on foot to rail replacement bus stops in Stone, which is a significant inconvenience and means access to the rail network is considerably difficult.
 
“The success of the reopening of Stone railway station in 2008 has demonstrated the potential for local stations to thrive, because Stone has seen a remarkable growth in its annual passenger footfall figures, more than doubling from 48,000 in 2009-10 to 100,000 in 2013-14.”

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