Archive for June, 2010

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Free family films at Spinningfields

June 27, 2010

The Spinningfields area of Manchester is less than 10 minutes walk from Salford Central station and this summer has an outdoor big screen showing sporting events and films.

For a great family day out there’s a free family film programme on summer Saturdays featuring films like Hannah Montana, Up, Jurassic Park, and the amazing animation Spirited Away. Entry to the grassy lawn is free but deckchairs and picnic blankets are available for hire if you like a bit more comfort !

See the following webpages for more details of the scheduled showings:

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Worsley councillor takes GMITA chair

June 27, 2010

Congratulations to Worsley councillor Ian Macdonald who has been appointed to the Chair of Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority.

This is particularly good news for rail travellers in the region as we know Cllr Macdonald is a firm supporter of rail travel – indeed he was instrumental in the negotiations which secured the new Sunday service on the Walkden line.

Cllr Macdonald takes over from Cllr Keith Whitmore – also a strong advocate for rail – who many people will remember for his heartfelt speech at our Sunday Service gala. The new Sunday Service is a legacy of Cllr Whitmore’s tenure that FOWS will be forever grateful for.

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Sun shines on Salford’s Big Green Festival

June 27, 2010

Visitors and stalls at the Big Green Festival

FOWS at the Big Green Festival

FOWS were delighted to appear at yesterday’s Big Green Festival organised by Salford City Council to promote environmental awareness.

With gorgeous weather and dozens of interesting attractions the festival was a great success and drew in hundreds of visitors.

We were pleased to meet a steady stream of visitors to our stall to talk about where and when the local trains run, money-saving fares, and day out ideas. Thanks to our friends at Northern Rail we had plenty of interesting leaflets and freebies to hand out, and we hope we have tempted at least a few more people to try the train service from Swinton, Moorside or Walkden.

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Big Green Festival

June 23, 2010

Just a quick reminder that Salford’s celebration of all good things ecological – the Big Green Festival – takes place this saturday from 12-4 at the Civic Centre in Swinton.

FOWS will be there promoting green travel in Salford, so do pop by and say Hello when you’re there !

More details on the council’s Big Green Festival website or Facebook

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Council step in – so pedestrians don’t !

June 23, 2010

A big thank you to Salford City Council’s environment department, and Councillor Les Turner, for moving swiftly to get the pigeon mess cleaned up off the pavements outside the station.

We only raised the issue with  Cllr Turner on Sunday and already the pavements have been cleaned 🙂

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Curse of the cable thieves

June 22, 2010

Cable thieves struck again this morning causing rush-hour misery as all trains from Walkden had to be suspended or diverted via Bolton.

Services were restored later in the day and by this evening there were posters up at Salford Crescent apologising for the disruption .

Cable theft – stealing the signalling cables for scrap value – is a massive problem on the railways and a regular cause of disruption across the Northern Rail network.

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Back of the net !

June 22, 2010

Our thanks to station manager Pam Williams who has secured the installation of pigeon netting on the platform canopy at Walkden. The nets were fitted on June 20th and are looking good. Fingers crossed this will be the end of problems with pigeon mess on the platform.

We are also trying to persuade Salford City Council to clean up the pigeon-mess splattered pavements outside the station, and pressure Network Rail into fully netting the undersides of the road bridges too.