Area: Greater Manchester
Wythenshawe Railway Action Group (WRAG) is a group of Wythenshawe workers and residents campaigning for the opening of a rail halt at Baguley, Wythenshawe, Manchester on the existing mid-Cheshire railway line.
An hourly passenger service (half-hourly at peak periods) is run by Northern Rail between Chester and Manchester but doesn't stop in Wythenshawe which has a population approaching 75,000 and is the largest town in Europe without a railway station. A rail stop at Baguley was promised by Greater Manchester PTA in 1995 at a public enquiry.
The campaign has received support from Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Paul Goggins; the Wythenshawe Councillors; the Chair of Wythenshawe Hospital Foundation Trust, Ms Felicity Goodey; Brian Simpson (North West MEP); and Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and a member of the Regional Leaders Forum.
To date, there are over 1500 signatories to the WRAG online petition.
December 2011: The rail halt at Baguley has now been included in Greater Manchester Rail Policy.
Johnny Marr, The Smiths rock star and local Baguley lad, has accepted WRAG's invitation to become its Patron. Read the Manchester Evening News story here.
Eugene Ring, WRAG Chairman, was named winner of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation National Transport Campaigner Award for 2011. He wrote a blog about attending a campaigners' weekend training course organised by the foundation.
Construction work is well in hand on the Metrolink line extension through Baguley to Manchester International Airport, crossing the rail line at the site of the proposed station. WRAG continues to press for the building of the new station to become a priority in the Programme of Works.