6 Million Pound project for Kidsgrove station

10th May 2015

After being one of only two community rail stations to win Access for All funding 2014 to deliver a fully accessible station, Kidsgrove on the North Staffordshire Line is now celebrating an even bigger station project, including a brand new station building and transport interchange.

Project partners North Staffordshire CRP, East Midlands Trains, Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle Borough Council and Network Rail have raised the additional funding through a variety of sources, including the National Stations Improvement Programme, for the new station building. As well as a £200,000 contribution from Stoke and Staffordshire LEP, Staffordshire County Council has arranged to transfer land worth £200,000 adjacent to the station back into Network Rail ownership as a further contribution to the project. The land will provide a 250 space car park, freeing up the current station car park for a bus stop, disabled and cycle parking and taxi drop off.

Links to and promotion of tourism opportunities including the adjacent Trent and Mersey Canal and direct walking route to the Gritstone Trail will also be part of the project, as well as the provision catering facilities to build on the station’s valued ‘A Spotter Tea’ new community café.

The project got off the ground thanks in no small part to former MP for Stoke North Joan Walley. The Kidsgrove community and station volunteers have embraced the project from the start and were instrumental in the station winning the Access bid; they showed their continued support by turning out in large numbers to the project’s first stakeholder event on 20 March to feedback their comments on the project options.

Work on the project is scheduled to start next year.

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