Archive for August, 2010
The annual Southport Flower Show opens this Thursday 19th and runs for 4 days until Sunday 22nd, and Northern Rail have a money-saving offer for discounted entry.
Tickets for the festival cost £21 (£18 concessions) on the day, or £16 in advance (plus a possible booking fee, depending where you buy them).
However, Northern Rail are offering special “add-on” rail fares from Walkden that include admission to the show and the bus transfer from Southport Train Station to the Showground.
At £27.85 the Adult fare from Walkden is £2.35 cheaper than buying an off-peak return (£9.20) and pay-on-the-day festival admission (£21). Cheaper prices are available for railcard holders (£24.60) and accompanied children (£7.10).
For full details of the offer see the Northern Rail Southport Flower Show special offer.
The cheapest option for full fare payers is to buy your flower show tickets in advance from a ticket agent with no booking fee and travel off-peak (ie after 0930) to Southport, but if you decide to travel on the day the Northern Rail offer will save you money.
Direct trains run from Walkden to Southport at 09.04, 10.04, 11.04, 12.04 etc until 16.04
The usual warnings about the bus being slower, lacking toilets, cycle space etc apply.
Only the last Wigan bound train of each evening is affected by bus replacement – all other services are due to run normally.
Network Rail may lack a sense of community responsibility, but they make up for it with a warped sense of humour … the following letter about the pigeons nesting on the bridge outside the station, and the health risk their mess poses for passengers, was printed on paper headed “Business In The Community Awards 2008 – Healthy Communities” !
Network Rail does not take action in respect of pigeons roosting on its bridges as they are feral creatures over which we have no control. Councils have responsibility for the cleansing of footpaths and carriageways affected by pigeon droppings.
May i suggest that you redirect your complaint to the Local Authority, requesting that they quote this response and reference number 2723478 in the event of any future correspondence.
FOWS and the Walkden Road Traders Group are determined to make Network Rail take responsibility for their bridge and install netting as they have done on many other bridges in the area.
If you think Network Rail should be doing better, why not fill in their online comment form ?