A picture of the map of the potential new rail line which could link Carrington with the existing network
A picture of the map of the potential new rail line which could link Carrington with the existing network

Kate has shown her support for a bid for a feasibility study that could reconnect Partington and Carrington to the rail network in the future.

The Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) bid makes the case for a feasibility study into reopening the line between Skelton Junction in Timperley and Glazebrook.

It is thought that re-opening this line would, at first, relieve congestion on the Castlefield corridor, near Piccadilly, where passenger services are currently limited because of the number of freight trains that pass through the area.

In the long term, re-opening this line could link Warrington and Stockport with a possible station or stop in Carrington, which is in Kate’s constituency.

The Skelton Junction line was closed as part of the Beeching reforms in the 1960s. The government has now promised to reverse these closures.

The TfGM bid to re-open Skelton Junction is also supported by Trafford Council, Salford Council, the MP for Altrincham and Sale West, Graham Brady, and the MP for Worsley and Eccles South, Barbara Keeley.

Kate said, “I’m really pleased to see TfGM are considering plans that could provide much-needed improvements to connectivity between our communities. Although, at the moment, these are just plans to see whether it would be possible for the Skelton Junction line to re-open, and any new stations would be a long way off in the future, it’s positive that these steps are being taken.

“It would be great to get Partington and Carrington reconnected to the rail network and I hope the bid shows that this would be feasible.”

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