Cheadle Station Overview
The station would be accessed from Manchester Road. Credit: consultation document CGIs provided by Pell Frischmann

Cheadle station project advances

Neil Tague

Plans for a railway station in the Stockport suburb have gone to public consultation, with the intention to build on the existing staff car park at BMI The Alexandra Hospital.

A railway station was the chief element of Stockport’s Towns Fund bid for Cheadle, a part of the borough that lacks such a link.

The plan is to build the station to the north of the village centre, with new pedestrian, cycle and vehicle access to the B5095 Manchester Road.

A single-platform station is proposed for a halt on the Manchester/Chester Mid-Cheshire line, with a minimum of one service per hour in each direction – this would link Cheadle to Altrincham and Stockport’s main station along with those cities.

Around 100 parking spaces will be included, along with EV charging points.

Consultation is now open and runs until 7 November.

Confirmed in March’s Budget, Cheadle’s bid secured £13.9m from the £3.6bn Towns Fund, having sought the maximum £25m. Stockport Council and the Cheadle Towns Fund Board had been putting the case together since 2019, building a bid based on improving connectivity – walking and cycling infrastructure was also mapped out.

Economic development consultancy SQW worked with the team as lead consultant, while rail specialist Pell Frischmann was brought in to develop the business case for the rail connection as the bid was finalised in autumn 2020.

Cheadle Station Car Park CGI

Credit: consultation document CGIs provided by Pell Frischmann

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Good news for Cheadle. Just need to find some opportunities for some high density housing in the area to maximise the benefits derived from the areas’ increased sustainability.

By Jeff Brown

Stockport Council are obsessed with car parks aren’t they. Even next to train stations. That land should be used for high density residential development instead of wasted on idle cars.

By Anonymous

Should have run a spur line from the East Didsbury metrolink station into Cheadle and onto both Stockport and Altrincham but that would be common sense just not common any more.

By David Walsh

Great that a station is being proposed. But a huge mistake to build a 100-space car park – this will just increase traffic in Cheadle. The station should be primarily walk-to. The space taken up by the car park looks like it could take about 100 decent quality flats (that’s the answer to Jeff Brown comments) – desperately needed in Cheadle, and with the advantage that new residents would almost certainly use local facilities and the train. And it would help avoid unsustainable Green Belt development.

By Peter Black

This is a car park? Where’s the high density mixed use community? missed opportunity…..

By Danny Crump

Good news. Hopefully it can be a tram-train line one day, with more-frequent services. The platform could do with a few more shelters though.

By Bob

Great idea, reduce congestion and carbon emissions ans make Cheadle more accessible I, win, win all round.

By Tony L

Shouldn’t higher density be a quid pro quo for getting a rail station?

By Rich X

Great.

By Thumbs Up

I wonder if this Council knows what they are doing. Any joined up thinking at all??

By Margaret Hardman

Build another Station at gallet bagley temple. Put it all on the same line

By Art

Get rid of the freight trains on this line and switch to a metrolink tram service from Altrincham to Stockport plus add a couple more stations like Bagley and Northenden- heavy rail trains from Chester could terminate at Altrincham.

By Paul B

One train per hour. Let’s not go overboard here eh…

By Joe

The site is already a car park… this isn’t putting a NEW car park in.Its putting a new station in.

By Dirk Diggler

Talk about reinventing the wheel. Cheadle once had a station on this site.

By Geoff Thomason

Can we have a train service between Bolton and Bury please. Come on our new Tory MPs, you were elected to level up.

By Elephant

Great news and long overdue!! Especially excited about the links to Altrincham which will help encourage people to use public transport rather than forcing residents to drive at a time when we are all trying to reduce our carbon footprint.

By Michele Hartnett

About time Cheadle got a station. Absolutely brilliant news

By GARY WHEATLEY

Seeing as the line and car park are already there, what is with the delay!! I’m told by locals there once was a station there so the plan is hardly complicated, Stockport council!! Only thing, why a car park for 100 car’s when the idea is to walk to station and use train. Mmm!

By Anna B

This is great news for Cheadle.

By Phillip Gould-Bourn

Why not just open the Old Cheadle Station which is only 400 metres away and has ain use track?

By Anonymous

unless they have regular trains i dont understand the logic knowing this area you will have to drive to get to this new station.

By CBA

This will be a great asset to Cheadle. We’ve had little in the way of public transport for a considerable amount of time. It will us in line with the other villages around. As well allowing us easier access to Manchester, hopefully it will encourage visitors that will boost the local economy.

By Michael Hallam

car park is needed otherwise people will park on resiential roads and abney hall car park

hope this all goes ahead

By roger

We need more citizens out of cars and using public transport. There is quite a few old railway stations that need to reopen again in the northwest. Cut pollution.

By Born Bred Darren

Needs to be a tram. Why settle for a 1tph service over a 5tph service?

By Disgruntled Goat

Another tory marginal seat getting Government money, scandalous!

By Anonymous

there’s no point in this station without it being connected to the tramline in fact all the trains that go through Stockport’s suburbs need to be connected to the tramline the services are far too scarce and with it being a few miles from East Didsbury station it needs to be done.

By jd