Archive for October, 2007


Flower Bed Planted at Walkden Station

October 28, 2007
New flower bed FOWS volunteers have planted up the disused platform on the Wigan platform at Walkden station with shrubs, winter flowers, and bulbs for the spring and summer.FOWS gratefully aknowledge the support of Salford City Council who provided funding for the project, and Northern Rail who have given support and assistance to the FOWS.

We hope to also renovate the bed on the Manchester platform before the end of this year, and will seek to include more garden features on the main platform if we are successful in getting the wooden barrier moved further back along the platform.

For more pictures of the gardening project, please click here.


FOWS secure Gardening Grant

October 21, 2007
Wigan platform view FOWS are delighted to have successfully applied for a Salford Council Community grant to fund gardening works on the platform.

The first piece of work will see the planting of flowerbeds on both platforms alongside the retaining wall of the stairway (a disused flower bed is already present on the Wigan platform).

If anyone has plants they would like to donate to the works, please email us at or leave your details with Marian in the ticket office – thanks !


Broken Rail and Engineering Works cause disruption

October 21, 2007

There are bus replacements between Wigan and Southport this week (20-28th October) while Network Rail carry out engineering works at Wigan.

Meanwhile all services between Walkden and Wigan were cancelled yesterday due to a broken rail between Walkden and Atherton.


In the news again

October 21, 2007

FOWS are featured again in this week’s Salford Advertiser – watch out for further articles in the next few weeks.


56 Passengers Stranded

October 17, 2007

A new low was recorded yesterday when 56 passengers were left stranded on the platform due to overcrowding on the 08.01. To add insult to injury, the driver of the following “Atherton express” refused a request to stop additionally at Walkden, so the marooned passengers had to put up with the sight of a half-empty train cruising through the station while they waited.

FOWS continue to press Northern Rail to re-open the disused section of platform so that the 4-carriage Atherton express services can call here every day.

If you have a story of delay and inconvenience caused by rush-hour overcrowding, please write to us at so we can compile a dossier to present to Northern Rail showing just how chronic the situation is.


Press Coverage for FOWS

October 17, 2007

We’ve recently been featured in a couple of regional newspapers – last week’s Salford Advertiser and this Tuesday’s Bolton Evening News both carried articles about the improvements we’re campaigning for at Walkden. We’re also hoping to have some follow up stories in the Salford Advertiser over the next few weeks.


Surprise Visit by Ruth Kelly and Barbara Keeley

October 11, 2007

As those present at last week’s public meeting heard, local MP Barbara Keeley takes a keen interest in the improvement of Walkden station: she spoke earnestly to the meeting about its problems, and promised to speak to Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Bolton West Ruth Kelly.

FOWS were delighted to learn this week that the two MPs have visited the station.  Naturally we hope that its poor state will have made an impression on the Secretary of State, and that the visit will help secure some much needed investment. 

There is a full report on the MPs visit on Barbara Keeley’s weblog.  

The FOWS are grateful to both MPs for their interest in Walkden station, and for taking the time to visit the site.