Cheddleton Railway Station
The Churnet Valley Steam Railway is an admirable enterprise. It necessarily suffers from the historical and geographic position it occupies. It was undeniably a valuable link for passengers and freight traffic until such time as the advances in motor vehicle usage robbed it of its economic rational.
The current ‘heritage’ enterprise is becoming a victim of its own success. The road that runs between Station Road Cheddleton and Ipstones is often clogged with traffic seeking to access the nearby Caravan Site and Cheddleton Railway Station itself. The parking facilities at the station are demonstrably unsuitable for the current level of usage on days when the Churnet Valley Railway runs steam trains and it is often dangerous for foot passengers trying to walk along the narrow and twisting road in the vicinity of the station. More and more suitable parking is needed now. If increased numbers of tourist traffic are encouraged, the experience for visitors is likely to be significantly reduced and such benefits as there might now be will degrade.
Before attracting more tourists to visit this facility careful and detailed planning needs to be undertaken and no attempt to attract those visitors should be agreed until clear, precise and enforceable conditions are imposed upon any further development.