Petition launched to bring Metrolink to New Mills

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A petition has been launched in a bid to get the Metrolink service extended to serve New Mills.

Dr Harriet Edge wants the tram/train service, which is deployed in and around Manchester, to be extended into Derbyshire.

Plans by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council to extend the Metrolink service to Stockport, via Didsbury, have been on the cards for a number of years.

However, Dr Edge says that a Metrolink extension to New Mills would ease traffic congestion in the area and that the town would benefit from an increase in tourism.

She said: “There are currently plans from TfGM to extend the line running through east Didsbury to Stockport, but there is nothing in place to extend the service to New Mills.

“I hope to get the Metrolink to us to provide us with easier access to south Manchester and to improve traffic for commuters such as myself going via the major roads out of New Mills.

“It would encourage tourism to the area and bring new businesses to our town.”

A TfGM spokesperson said: “Metrolink is one of Greater Manchester’s greatest success stories, so it is not surprising to see new lines being promoted.

“Prioritising investment in such projects is based on a scheme’s ability to deliver clear economic and social benefits, allied to its affordability and sufficient funding being in place.”

To sign the petition, visit chn.ge/1GNDz6k.