The return of rail travel to Leek is getting up steam

THE proposed re-opening of the rail link between Leek and the Potteries is getting up steam.

A planning application has been submitted for the relaying of track between the town and Leekbrook Junction, which connects with the existing former branch line leading into Stoke via Endon and Bucknall.

Chartered building surveyors Jonathan Cornes Associates state the development would consist of a new single-track line and pedestrian route with a protected fence together with associated works.

District council leader Sybil Ralphs MBE said: “One of my administration’s priorities is to bring the railway back to Leek.”

The rail link from Leek to Stoke-on-Trent through Leekbrook Junction was in use until 1956, while passenger services operated on the Churnet Valley line between Uttoxeter and North Rode via Leek until 1965. The line closed in the 1970s and Leek station was demolished and the track torn up in 1973.

Pictured: Leek railway station more than half-a-century ago.