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16th October 2008 @ 6:06pm – by Audlem Webteam
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Do you remember when Audlem was connected to the rail network? Did you use Audlem station? Does Dr Beeching have a lot to answer for? Should Audlem be put back on the railway map? Would you be prepared to share your memories and views with BBC Radio Stoke listeners?

All questions being asked by BBC Stoke producer Stuart Fear. The local radio station is taking a closer look at the history and effects of the infamous Beeching cuts of the early '60s and wants to hear from people in and around Audlem which lost its station, and connection to the rail network, in 1964.

A series of pieces is to be broadcast during the week beginning the 27th of October and BBC Stoke would love to hear from you if you can remember the village having a station or if you used the trains that called there. It would also love to hear from you if you have a view on whether the rail link should be restored.

Would such a move help the village by making Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent, and, ultimately, Manchester, Liverpool, London and Scotland, more accessible to commuters, shoppers and day-trippers? Could it help cut the number of cars and lorries travelling through the village every day? Or do you think that the train could never replace the comfort, privacy and flexibility of the car? Could the benefits of an extended rail network in south Cheshire ever justify the many millions of pounds it would undoubtedly cost?

If you can help answer any of these questions then please contact Stuart Fear at BBC Radio Stoke on 01782 221285 or stuart.fear@bbc.co.uk">stuart.fear@bbc.co.uk.


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