Hundreds have say on plan to reopen three suburban Sheffield railway stations - and create one more
Hundreds of people have had their say on plans to reopen three long lost suburban Sheffield railway stations – and create a new one at Totley Brook.
The bid, submitted to the Department of Transport on Friday by Sheffield Hallam MP Olivia Blake, Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh and Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, hopes to secure funding from the Government’s £500 million Restoring Your Railway Fund to restore stations at Millhouses, Heeley, and Beauchief, and expand Dore and Totley station.
It also includes proposals for a new station at Totley Brook.
This restoration, Blake argues, would ensure access to more sustainable modes of transport to the people of Sheffield and help rebuild the city’s economy after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month, the MPs launched a public consultation, asking local residents to share their thoughts on the proposal, to help gauge likely demand levels for these restored railway stations, and strengthen their bid. Already nearly 500 people have shared their views and respondents overwhelmingly support the proposals.
The MPs are calling on residents who live near Millhouses, Heeley, Beauchief and Dore and Totley to take their survey after regional and local leaders, as well as local organisations, threw their weight behind it.
Ms Blake said: “I have spoken to so many people across our city, who are disadvantaged by the poor public transport infrastructure and clogged roads.
"By bringing rail access back to where people live, I hope to re-address this imbalance, boost rail use post-pandemic, open up new job opportunities in other cities, and make travel to and from work quicker and more efficient.”
To take part in the survey, click here