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Sun shines on new “In Bloom” planters installed at Walkden

June 22, 2014
Some of the FOWS volunteers who installed the new trough planters at Walkden

Some of the FOWS volunteers who installed the new trough planters at Walkden

Friends of Walkden Station volunteers have been out in today’s sunshine to install the two new platform planters funded by an “In Bloom”  grant from Salford City Council.

The the low “trough” style planters have been manufactured in stainless steel by J. Hughes of Eccles, filled with ballast and compost from Linnyshaw Garden Centre, and planted up with shrubs grown on in members’ gardens.

The troughs are located next to the fence at the far end of the platform where they’ll help to soften the view of the fence as the shrubs grow.

Many thanks to our volunteers for their hard work (shifting 40 bags of ballast and compost up 48 steps and along the full length of the platform isn’t easy !), and our supporters at:

  • Salford City Council for their on-going financial support of the In Bloom improvements at Walkden station;
  • J. Hughes for manufacture and free delivery of more high quality and fine looking planters;
  • Albert and the team at Linnyshaw Garden Centre for supply and free delivery of the ballast, compost and bedding plants;
  • Mike & Sarah – the definition of good neighbours !

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Bus replacements next week

May 31, 2014

The last train out from Victoria (the 23.20) is replaced by a bus each evening next week from Monday (2nd June) until Thursday (5th).

The usual warnings about the bus being slower, lacking toilets, and not being able to carry bicycles, non-folding prams, wheelchairs  etc apply.

Only the last Wigan-bound train of each evening is affected by bus replacement – all other services are due to run normally.

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Train times change from tomorrow (Sun 18 May)

May 17, 2014

The summer timetable starts tomorrow and contains quite a few significant changes to train times.

In summary:

  • Several morning peak services have been re-timed. For example, the 07.38 will leave at 07.21 instead, leaving a 37 minute gap until the next Victoria service at 07.58
  • The daytime spacing of trains towards Manchester is less even than before – a 20/40 minute waiting pattern instead of 30/30;
  • Connections at Victoria to destinations in Yorkshire are generally excellent and open some new day trip opportunities;
  • Some Walkden services will continue past Manchester to Todmorden, Huddersfield, and even Leeds, but the pattern is irregular;
  • A morning peak service to Wigan has been lost: this is particularly likely to inconvenience students travelling to Winstanley College;
  • The evening schedule is virtually unchanged;
  • Sunday services are largely unchanged  but please note trains to Manchester run about 10 minutes earlier.

Whatever time you are planning to travel, please check the train times first at National Rail Enquiries website  or download the new timetable from Northern.

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Bus replacements next week

April 18, 2014

The last train out from Victoria (the 23.20) is replaced by a bus each evening next week from Monday (21st April) until Thursday (24th).

The usual warnings about the bus being slower, lacking toilets, and not being able to carry bicycles, non-folding prams, wheelchairs  etc apply.

Only the last Wigan-bound train of each evening is affected by bus replacement – all other services are due to run normally.

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FoWS Annual General Meeting agenda

March 1, 2014

The agenda for our AGM is now available for download.

FOWS AGM 2014 Agenda – click to download

The AGM will be held on 7.30pm Wednesday 5th March in Community Room 2 at the Walkden Gateway Centre, 2 Smith Street, Walkden, M28 3EZ.

1 Welcome & Introductions, Andy Barlow

2 Guest Speaker: Don Jary, Northern Rail Client & Stakeholder Manager

  • Changes to Northern services being brought about through the infrastructure developments and electrification in the North West

3 Review of the Year, Neil Stapleton
4 Treasurer’s Report, Angela Critchley
5 Election of Officers.

  • Chair (currently Andy Barlow)
  • Secretary (currently Neil Stapleton)
  • Treasurer (currently Angela Critchley)
  • All three serving officers have indicated they are willing to continue in their posts. Anyone else wishing to stand for appointment please notify the Secretary (Neil Stapleton)

6 Election of Auditors: vote to approve re-appointment of Jennifer Reynolds as Auditor.
7 Northern Rail Safety Update, Don Jary
8 Gardening Update and Plans for 2014, Angela Critchley
9 Artworks Update and Plans for 2014, Angela Critchley
10 North-West Manchester Friends’ Steering Group, Andy Barlow
11 Any Other Business

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“Two Together” railcard launches Monday

March 1, 2014

A new type of national railcard will be launched on Monday 3rd March, offering 33% discounts for two people aged 26-59 making a journey together.

At £30 the card could even repay its annual cost in a single long distance trip.

The main restriction appears to be that it cannot be used for weekday morning peak travel (0430 to 0930), but full terms and conditions will be released when the card is launched.

The two travellers do not have to be a couple or related, meaning it can also be used by friends or work colleagues travelling together.

See the Two Together website on Monday for full details.

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Summer timetable now available online

March 1, 2014

The summer timetable, which starts Monday 19th May, can now be accessed on the National Rail Enquiries website – simply search for a journey with date May 19th to see the new Mon-Fri train times.

We have not had time to do a full analysis yet but it is clear that the introduction of an hourly Transpennine Express service direct from Victoria to Liverpool and Newcastle has had a significant knock-on effect for local services.

The following “highlights” have been selected from our first look at the timetables, but please bear in mind they are subject to late changes and possibly error on our part

Morning peak services from Walkden to Manchester will undergo major changes:

  • Current 0624 – new 0628 (continues to Huddersfield)
  • Current 0658 – new 0656
  • Current 0738 – new 0721 (terminates at Victoria)
  • Current 0759 – new 0758
  • Current 0818 no change (although this train will leave from Wigan NW and not stop at Hindley)
  • Current 0835 – new 0826
  • Current 0851 – new 0849
  • Current 0912 – new 0901

On the face of it these changes seem to make better connections for Rochdale, Huddersfield/Leeds, and the Airport, although inevitably they will not be beneficial to everyone’s journey.

Daytime trains will depart at xx04 and xx33 to Wigan, and xx29 and xx49 to Manchester. As a general rule the xx04 is the Southport train, the xx33 is the Kirkby train, the xx49 runs to Victoria and the xx29 to Todmorden.

There are the odd exceptions: the 0628 runs through the Huddersfield and the 1649 runs through to Huddersfield and then carries on all the way to Leeds. 

 

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