No trains (again) this weekend

April 17, 2015

Just a reminder than there will be no trains running to/from Walkden this weeknd.

A replacement bus service is planned but only running as far as Salford Central in the Manchester direction: from there you will have to walk or change onto a second replacement bus to reach Victoria.


Put 61016 in your phone !

April 5, 2015

61016 is a text number used to report non-emergency problems to British Transport Police (their emergency phone number is still  0800 40 50 40).

61016 can be used to report vandalism or trespassing on the tracks – problems that often escalate at this time of year with school holidays and longer evenings.

For full details, see BTP’s 61016 webpage.


Beware – major disruption to weekend trains ahead

April 2, 2015

The engineering works to upgrade Victoria station and electrify the line from Manchester to Bolton will have a drastic effect om train services to/from Walkden over the coming weekends:

  • Easter weekend – Victoria is closed to all trains but Walkden trains will run to Oxford Road and Piccadilly instead. Check National Rail Enquiries for full details of the amended times and destinations.
  • 11/12 and 18/19 AprilNo trains run to/from Walkden. A replacement bus service is planned but according to the National Rail Enquiries anyone using them will need to change to a second bus at Salford Central, and there are no services to Manchester between 7am and 6.30pm on Saturday 18th … hopefully this just indicates the timetable hasn’t been finalised yet, but in any case passengers are strongly advised to check your journey before travelling, allow extra time, and consider alternative means of transport.

No trains this weekend 21/22 March

March 19, 2015

Just a reminder that due to engineering works ALL TRAINS THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ARE REPLACED BY BUSES.

See National Rail Enquiries for further details


No trains Sat 14th, Sat 21st, Sun 22nd March

March 13, 2015

bussignPlease note due to engineering works there are NO TRAINS TO OR FROM WALKDEN STATION TOMORROW (SAT 14th).

A bus replacement service will operate – but is unlikely to carry bicycles or prams, and journeys will almost certainly take considerably longer.

The same applies next weekend, except trains will be replaced by buses on both Saturday and Sunday (21st & 22nd).



Come to the FOWS AGM !

March 7, 2015

The agenda for our Annual General Meeting can now be downloaded here.

It’s sure to be one of the most important AGM’s for years with the recent publications about electrification planning and increased services in the next Northern franchise, and we are delighted Northern Rail’s Matthew Worman will be joining us as Guest Speaker.

The meeting is open to all members of the public with an interest in the future of Walkden station – and we welcome views and ideas from members and non-members alike.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Concert Room at Walkden Legion Club on Wilfred Road, M28 3AJ.



Electrification Task Force prioritises Walkden route

March 5, 2015

Hot on the heels of last week’s incredibly positive Northern franchise specification for Walkden’s train service, there was more good news today as the government’s North of England Electrification Task Force published its Final Report and Recommendations.

The report recommends a widespread programme of electrification across the whole region, but most excitingly for us the route between Southport/Kirkby and Salford, including Walkden, has been scored as the third highest priority in the entire north of England. If the report’s proposals are followed electrification work could begin in 2019.

FOWS have long supported the electrification of services as a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial way to provide faster services in more modern trains while remaining an integral part of the national rail network.



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