Sunday service triumph !!

December 19, 2009

Fantastic news for Walkden station users … GMITA have reached an agreement with Northern Rail to launch a Sunday service from Walkden station from next May.

FOWS understand the service will be subsidised by GMITA on a trial basis for one year, after which time they will review whether it provides value for money for their outlay.

FOWS have campaigned for Sunday services since our inception in 2007 and are delighted with this break-through. Knowing how busy the line is Monday to Saturday, and how busy other lines around Manchester are on Sundays, we’re sure the service will be enthusiastically welcomed by local people and confident the service will be very popular.

Details of the trial service timetable are not yet known.

In the complicated way that the railway is currently structured, introducing change of any sort is difficult because of the number of organisations involved. A lot of people from Northern Rail, Network Rail, and the local councils have worked hard to get this trial off the ground, and FOWS wish to pay special thanks to Barbara Keeley MP, Councillor Ian Macdonald and Councillor Iain Lindley who have all been unstinting in their support for our campaign. We would also like to thank the members of GMITA who have worked towards, and now voted to subsidise, this boost to public transport provision in our area.

More details of the new service will be published here as we learn them, but for now let’s celebrate !!



  1. great news and many thanks for all the hard work i’m sure you guys have put in to getting this service in place.

  2. This simply wouldn’t have happened without the hard work that FOWS have put in – hope you’ve given yourself a well-earned pat on the back!

  3. […] Friends of Walkden Station’s Weblog News and views about the campaign to improve Walkden station « Cheap fares to Southport for Children and Seniors FOWS in the news again January 23, 2010 You may have seen the article in this weeks Salford Advertiser about the Sunday service victory. […]

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