Stoke & Staffordshire

Churnet Valley Railway plans feature station and marina

A 164-year-old steam rail route could get its first new station in a decade under plans put on display this week.

Proposals by developers Barnfield Hughes Ltd would see the Churnet Valley Railway line extended to the Cornhill area of Leek.

The new station would be built near the Barnfields Industrial Estate, Cornhill.

Cafe and dining facilities could also be installed at the site, along with a marina that would be built near Caldon Canal.

'Golden opportunity'

The line, which opened in 1849, currently has four stations, running between Kingsley and Froghall, Consall, Cheddeton and Leekbrook.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has been working with Barnfield Hughes Ltd to develop proposals for the area in line with the draft Churnet Valley Masterplan, which is a council document that looks at ways to regenerate and manage the Cornhill area.

Dominic Hughes, chairman of Barnfield Hughes Ltd, said the development was "aspirational" and would "bring real benefit to the town."

Council leader Sybil Ralphs, said the plans were a "golden opportunity to enhance the tourist potential of Leek."

Plans are available for consultation between 3 December and 9 December at Trinity Church, Derby Street, Leek.

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