A campaign to reopen a Doncaster town’s railway station is gathering steam.
Friends of Askern Railway Station have secured Ed’s support.
The group recently met with him, Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones and other organisations – including Sheffield City Region – to discuss its next steps.
Chairman Graham Moss said: “Askern is now the only town in the borough which has a rail line passing through it but no station.
“It is also an area that suffers from severe traffic congestion, as anyone travelling through the town along the A19 at peak times will know.
“We believe there is a strong business case to reopen the station, and we’ll be working hard over the coming months to pull it together – including a town-wide survey and further conversations with Network Rail, Rail North and the train operating companies.”
The station opened in 1848 and closed in 1948 but parts of the platforms still remain and several passenger trains, operated by Grand Central, pass through the station each day.
Ed said: “A service stopping in Askern would allow the thousands of residents who live in the town, and its surrounding villages, a direct link to Doncaster and Leeds, and possibly further afield, and help tackle the town’s traffic congestion.
“I think it’s important that the borough, particularly in the north areas, has the transport links it needs to help boost the area’s economy and bring jobs to the area, and that’s why I’m supporting the plan to reopen Askern station.”
Mayor Jones is also backing the plan, and said Doncaster Council was looking at including the proposal to build a station in the ‘local plan’ – a blueprint for projects in the borough.
She added: “My main priorities are bringing jobs, growth and investment to Doncaster, and part of that is ensuring the borough has the infrastructure that it needs to be competitive.
“I believe it’s a realistic goal to reopen the station at Askern and will continue to work with the group, and other bodies, to help them achieve it.”
For more information, search Friends of Askern Railway station on Facebook.
Photos: Ed Miliband and Ros Jones with members of the Friends of Askern Railway Station