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2008 – A Year in the life of FOWS

January 14, 2009

As we begin 2009, here’s a quick look back at the main events of 2008 for FOWS:

January
Shadow Transport Minister Theresa Villiers follows in the footsteps of the then-Transport Minister Dr Ruth Kelly and visits Walkden station.

March
A healthy turn out for FOWS’ first Annual General Meeting
FOWS armed with buckets of soapy water clean the station frontage
Following FOWS pressure Network Rail renew the pigeon netting under the road bridge

April
FOWS repair vandalised flower beds
Salford council conduct a survey to assess demand for a pedestrian crossing outside the station

May
FOWS install first 3 steel planters on the platform

July
FOWS organise a 120th birthday celebration for the station
FOWS clear the platform of weeds reaching several inches high in places

September
FOWS shortlisted for Best Station Adoption Group at the ACoRP National Rail awards

October
FOWS shortlisted for Best Community Group at Salford City Council’s Community & Social Care awards
FOWS present at Northern Rail’s Stakeholders conference in York

November
FOWS passenger survey records a leap in passenger numbers of 23% in one year
New flower bed built at west end of Manchester platform
Flower beds replanted with winter plants

December
Meet The Manager session at the station
New planters installed at east end of platform
Empty poster case filled with winter-themed poetry

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