Archive for August, 2010


CCTV Breakthrough

August 26, 2010
Passengers frustrated by the vandalism and graffiti inflicted on Walkden station this summer will be pleased to hear a breakthrough deal has been struck between Northern Rail, GMPTE, and Salford City Council‘s Neighbourhood Team which should see temporary CCTV fitted by Northern Rail in the next few weeks. A permanent system from GMPTE should follow soon after.
FOWS are delighted that passenger safety, and security of the station itself, will benefit from CCTV coverage, and wish to thank all the parties above – plus British Transport Police – for the way they’ve joined forces to find a solution at a time when – as everyone knows – money is very tight.

Congratulations Marion !

August 26, 2010
Congratulations to Marion – the friendly face of Walkden’s Booking Office – who has been nominated for a national customer service award for the second consecutive year !
FOWS have no doubt all passengers will recognise the tremendous effort Marion makes to welcome and help customers at Walkden, and will wish her well in the national finals.

Autumn timetables now available

August 26, 2010
The autumn timetable – effective from Sept 6th – is now available from the Booking Office at Walkden.
There are no major changes to services, but please note that some trains will leave a few minutes earlier to allow extra time for the journey during the annual “leaf-fall” period.
The most notable service changes are to Manchester-bound services during the main part of the day … from 6th Sept these will leave at xx18 and xx48 – that’s 2 minutes earlier than they currently do.

Walkden’s Sunflower Pride !

August 26, 2010
The sunflowers planted by FOWS member Peter Hope have taken really well this year and make a magnificent sight on the Manchester platform at Walkden – even on a grey day like today !
We hope passengers from Walkden – and passing through – are enjoying the splash of colour these “gentle giants” bring to the station scene.

Northern Rail £5 savings for Southport Flower Show

August 15, 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


Late night bus replacements this week Mon 16th – Thurs 19th

August 15, 2010

The last train out from Victoria (the 23.20) is replaced by a bus each evening from tomorrow Monday (16th August) until Thursday (19th).

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 refuse to act on bridge pigeon mess

August 15, 2010

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 ?