FOWS make the case for Walkden with Transport bosses and planners

October 6, 2009

Our Chairman Peter Aust has sent this report of his meeting with transport “top brass” and politicians – another example of how FOWS works, often behind the scenes, to secure improvements for Walkden station.

FOWS Chairman Peter Aust meeting Shadow Transport Minister Stephen Hammond MP

FOWS Chairman Peter Aust meeting Shadow Transport Minister Stephen Hammond MP

Hello Friends, On Monday last in my capacity as Chair of FOWS I attended a seminar at Manchester Town Hall entitled ” The Future of Rail in the North. The Speakers were Stephen Hammond MP, Shadow Transport Minister Edward Timpson MP,Crewe & Natwich Councillor Ian Macdonald, Vice Chairman GMITA Paul Plummer, Director, Planning & Regulation, Network Rail It was ably chaired by TV Presenter Andy Crane.

There were plenty of discussions about the Manchester Hub (not just about Manchester) that is a major bottleneck on the rail network that negatively impacts on rail services for the whole of the North of England and the proposal of a high-speed line from London to Glasgow, which would include a stop at Manchester. It was fortunate that Cllr Iain Lindley who was in attendance highlighted to the panel the importance also of the issues concerning local rail stations such as Walkden, yes! Walkden got a mention!!

I had the chance to meet a few of the top brass and spread the word about FOWS, Tom Wadsworth, Communications Manager of Network Rail, Emma Pemberton-Eccles, Public Affairs Manager Network Rail and even a quick word and a photo opportunity with Stephen Hammond, MP, Shadow Transport Minister.

One comment

  1. […] The GMITA and Network Rail fringe at Manchester Town Hall was a fantastic event and was completely full. We heard from Cllr Ian MacDonald about some of the problems that we face in Greater Manchester and Stephen Hammond MP, the shadow transport minister, gave a reassurance about the Conservative commitment to high-speed rail to and from Greater Manchester. I was able to make a contribution highlighting the improvements required for commuters at Irlam, Eccles, Patricroft and Walkden stations, and I was delighted that Peter Aust, the Chairman of the Friends of Walkden Station, was able to attend the meeting. He has penned his own report which you can read here. […]

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