MIDDLEWICH’S Member of Parliament Fiona Bruce is still ‘working tirelessly’ to press her Conservative Government over the re-opening of Middlewich Railway Station.

While opportunities for MPs to raise constituency issues have been few and far between in recent months – due to a change in leadership, the ongoing Brexit saga and the new Prime Minister suspending Parliament – the Congleton MP grasped the chance this week to make sure ministers weren’t forgetting about Middlewich.

Ms Bruce asked: “I thank Ministers for providing funding to help evidence and establish the business case for reopening Middlewich railway station, a key priority for my constituents. What wider fiscal steps are they taking to support my constituency by supporting the northern powerhouse and midlands engine?”

The response then came from Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, who offered reassurance over the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Mr Javid said: “I thank my hon. Friend for working tirelessly on behalf of her constituents to ensure that more infrastructure, including rail and road, is delivered locally. She will know that one of the first commitments of the new administration was to Northern Powerhouse Rail and further funding for the midlands engine.

“She may also know that yesterday I announced a White Paper on further devolution, which I think she will welcome too.”

Speaking after the debate on Tuesday, Ms Bruce told the Guardian that she was happy that ministers were listening to her calls, but said that she would continue to raise the issue on behalf of constituents.

She said: “I will continue to press in Parliament for the re-opening of Middlewich Railway Station until we see it happen, and am delighted Government Ministers are continuing to listen, and support, those of us working hard towards making it a reality.”