A CAMPAIGN to reopen a disused railway station in Ellesmere Port has moved one step closer to reality.

Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders, has submitted an application to a Government fund to reopen Ledsham Station.

Ledsham Station, on the Chester to Liverpool line, closed in 1959 following a decline in passengers but with thousands of new homes having been built in the area in recent years, there has been a long-running campaign to reopen it.

Mr Madders said: “I have been supportive of reopening the railway station at Ledsham since I was a councillor in that area a number of years ago.

"With the increase in new residents from new housing development in the area, we need new public transport solutions to meet the needs of local people. I am hopeful that the Government will look favourably on the application.

“Decisions on the expression of interest, which has the support of neighbouring MPs Alison McGovern and Chris Matheson, are expected later in the year.”

The Labour MP trio aren't the only ones in favour of the campaign.

Prior to the 2017 General Election, the Ellesmere Port Conservatives were also in favour of the campaign, with then-candidate Nigel Jones saying at the time: "There are thousands of new homes on their way in Ledsham and it’s essential that we have the right infrastructure for new and old residents alike."

He wrote to the chairman of Merseyrail making the case for the reopening of the station.