The Alderley Edge Station Volunteer Group have been working on proposals to improve the facilities for passengers.
The group, chaired by Kelvin Briggs, are sending a proposal to Network Rail and Northern Trains this week for the repurposing of the redundant building on the Crewe platform.
One concept proposed is for the building to be renovated to house a cafe with toilets facilities for rail users as the station currently has no public toilets.
The proposal has received the support of local MP Esther McVey who said "I appreciate that the building needs some work to bring it up to standard but once completed, it would make a fantastic community space out of what is currently something of an eyesore. I have little doubt that the volunteers have the drive to deliver that for rail users and the village and their work is more than amply demonstrated elsewhere around the station."
The proposal includes a request for the canopy that was removed last year because of safety dangers to be replaced.
Kelvin Briggs commented "Our group have put a lot of effort in to making the station a more welcoming place with planting displays, artworks, a book exchange, gardening and ongoing wildlife projects. Sometimes it feels like we are 'putting lipstick on a pig' as the fabric of the buildings have deteriorated and repairs and redecoration are much needed.
In the meantime Northern Trains confirmed this week that work will commence 20th March to upgrade two rooms next to the waiting room on the Manchester bound platform with some refurbishments and damp treatments.
Kelvin added "We have met local Parish Councillor Myles Garbett who expressed support in principal for the idea. The local neighbourhood plan, approved in 2021 contained a section about the station becoming a more welcoming place and gateway to the village and mentioned the cafe concept. We recognise that funds are restricted and the railway has had a torrid time during covid but we feel it's important to push for investment that will benefit the railway and our local community.
"If any local people are interested in helping our group progress this and other projects at the station, please get in touch with me : [email protected]."