In today’s email bundle has come an item that includes a breakdown of the so-called “Regional Funding Allocations”, or RFAs, for rail related projects. Much of it is already known: in the North West, the Blackpool tramway and Metrolink are among the winners. But of concern to the Crewe area is commitment to the Gateway scheme.
And the report does not disappoint: there at the bottom of the North West list – below Rochdale’s bus station, even – is 37 million for Crewe Gateway. Good news at last, after Network Rail’s daft scheme to rip the station out of town and dump it in Basford. So when do we get a start date for the work?
Yes, there will be disruption, but the station needs dragging into the 21st Century – while staying where it is.