Campaign to reopen 150-year-old Sheffield railway station

A councillor has written to local authorities calling for them to reopen a long-forgotten railway station, saying the public enthusiasm would be 'overwhelming'.

Monday, 18th May 2020, 3:07 pm

Councillor Paul Turpin, representative for Gleadless Valley ward, wrote to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and Sheffield Council urging them to apply for a grant from the government's stations fund and reopen Heeley Station.

Coun Turpin said: "The people of my ward, and neighbouring wards, would love to see Heeley Station reopen.

"It is an excellent location for a station and would provide a reliable and quick transport option for people to travel between Sheffield and Manchester.

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Heeley station just before it opened. Credit - Sheffield Local Studies Library: Picture Sheffield.

"The original subway entrances are still there, just the station infrastructure needs putting back in place. People are proud of the built heritage in this area and reopening Heeley Station would undoubtedly be celebrated by locals."

It first opened around the year 1870 near Heeley Bridge but after nearly 100 years it closed during a huge rail cut back in the 1960s known as the Beeching cuts.

The government is now investing £500 million to reverse these and has so far used £40 million of the funds to build 10 new stations.

Chris Heaton-Harris, rail minister, said: "Disused railway stations have been emblematic of left behind towns for too long.

Heeley station around 1920s. Credit - Sheffield Local Studies Library: Picture Sheffield.

"The vast number of passengers already using new stations funded by the government is proof of the importance of investing in new connections.

"The new funding will both restore local stations to their former glory, and build even more new ones establishing vital links for communities and levelling up the country for everyone."

The council will have to apply by June 5.

Coun Turpin said: “The public support for it is overwhelming.

Heeley station pre 1902. Credit - Sheffield Local Studies Library: Picture Sheffield.

"There is still space at Heeley to bring it back and it was one of the few ones that was up on a bridge."

There is also pressure to reopen Millhouses and Ecclesall railway station which was built and shut down around the same time.

MP for Sheffield Hallam, Olivia Blake, has written to Grant Schapps, transport secretary, asking him to consider this for the scheme.

She also asked Mr Heaton-Harris who replied that all applications would be considered.