Archive for September, 2008

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Northern act to repair vandalism

September 28, 2008

Our friends at Northern Rail have moved quickly to paint out the recent graffiti at the station, and replacement poster cases are on the way for the ones smashed in the station entrance hall.

FOWS thank Northern for their rapid response, and repeat our appeal for any passengers witnessing anti-social behaviour at the station to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

Together we can make the station a safe and smart place for local people to catch the train !

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FOWS miss out at national awards

September 21, 2008

FOWS reached the national shortlist of 5 for the Association of Community Rail Partnership’s Best Station Adoption Group, but at Friday’s awards ceremony in Plymouth we were pipped by another Northern Rail station group – the Friends of Brierfield – in 3rd, the Friends of Bruton in 2nd, and the 1st prize went to Friends of Leamington Station.

Our hearty congratulations go to all the award winners – listed on ACoRPs website.

FOWS were grateful to attend the ceremony as guests of Northern Rail, and delighted that Northern stations won several other awards including a 1st prize for the brilliant METAL art studios established in disused station buildings at Edge Hill.

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Vandalism continues at Walkden

September 21, 2008

The mindless vandalism continued this weekend at Walkden with the litter bins being destroyed and poster cases smashed. It’s such a pity as the station was looking at its absolute best for very many years this summer, thanks to Northern Rail and FOWS’s efforts.
The British Transport Police and local constabulary are well aware of the problem and have stepped up patrols in the area.

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Walkden gets tannoy boost

September 16, 2008

FOWS welcome GMPTE & Northern’s announcement of plans to jointly fund a new public address and improved ticket office communications system at the station.

The distance (and flight of 20-odd steps) between the ticket office and platform mean it’s currently very difficult for staff to relay real-time train information to passengers. FOWS are sure that passengers waiting on the platform and wondering if, or how long, their train is delayed will welcome updates from staff with the latest train-running and control information.

The ticket office communications system improvements will make it easier for passengers with hearing difficulties to book tickets – another very welcome development.

For more information, see the GMPTE press release.

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Graffiti loons vandalise rafters

September 14, 2008

Graffiti on the newly painted canopy rafters.

Graffiti on the newly painted canopy rafters.

The vandals responsible for the recent spate of graffiti have also tried to spoil the freshly painted rafters in the station canopy.

British Transport Police and local police officers have been informed, and hopefully the names left by the vandals will help in their enquiries.

If you witness vandalism at the station, call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

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Another award nomination for FOWS

September 13, 2008

We were delighted to learn we’ve been shortlisted for Salford City Council’s Community and Social Awards “Best Community Group”. To reach the shortlist of 5 from a field of nearly 300 entrants is an acheivement in itself, but we will have to wait until the gala presentation evening on October 2nd to find out if we have won.

FOWS enjoy an excellent working relationship with Salford’s local community officers and Salford have provided the bulk of funding for FOWS environmental improvements at the station.

Meanwhile, ACoRP’s National Community Rail Award winners are announced this Friday with FOWS on the shortlist for Best Station Adoption Group.

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FOWS react to graffiti vandals

September 13, 2008

There’s been a outbreak of graffiti at the station over the last week or so with mindless scribblings appearing on pillars, the shelter, the booking office wall and the steel planters. FOWS volunteers and station staff have reacted quickly to remove much of the offending ink, but some pieces will require professional attention from the station maintenance team.

British Transport Police and local Community Police are all aware of the recent problems and are patrolling the station and surrounding streets on a more regular basis.

Meanwhile we urge anyone witnessing graffiti writing in progress – or any other illegal or anti-social behaviour at the station – to report it to British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.