Archive for September, 2010

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Replacement Bus Alert

September 26, 2010

The last train out from Victoria (the 23.20) is replaced by a bus each evening from tomorrow Monday (27th Sept) until Thursday (30th).

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.

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FOWS and FRECCLES success at Community Rail Awards

September 25, 2010

Secretary Neil Stapleton collecting the award from ACoRP's Dawn Wolrich

Friends of Walkden Station – and our friends at FRECCLES (Eccles station) – both enjoyed success with national recognition in the 2010 Community Rail Awards.

FOWS were second in the Best Marketing Event category for our Sunday Service Launch Gala. First place went to First Great Western for their “Bicester Link Launch”

We didn’t get into the top three in the Best Station Adoption Group category, but we’re very pleased to have been  shortlisted anyway. Friends of Wemyss Bay in Scotland won this award.

FRECCLES success came in the highly competitive Best Station Garden category where they were awarded 3rd place – our congratulations to them.

Full details of the winners in all categories can be found on the ACoRP website.

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Sundays at Salford Art Gallery

September 18, 2010

Salford Museum and Art Gallery – just 5 minutes walk from Salford Crescent station – has a varied programme of activities on Sundays which could make a great trip out from Walkden – upcoming events include:

  • Sunday 3 Oct – “Tudors Live !” Tudor themed fun day
  • Sunday 10 Oct – International Food Festival – explore food from around the world … and Salford !
  • Sunday 17 Oct – Craft Fair with many stalls selling affordable handmade items
  • Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 Oct – Felt Making Workshop (2 sessions)
  • Sunday 7 Nov – “Tudors Live !” Tudor themed fun day
  • Sunday 5 Dec – “Tudors Live !” Tudor themed fun day

The Museum and Art Gallery are open from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays.

For details of the events please see the museum website (if it’s working !) or call 0161 778 0800

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“All Change” at Manchester Victoria

September 18, 2010

Things are starting to happen at Manchester Victoria, bringing the grand old lady into the modern age. And we don’t just mean the futuristic extension to Chetham’s across the road !

Convenience store Mace plans to open an outlet in the corner of the building (nearest Urbis) to boost the poor selection of shops. Mace have applied for an all-day off-licence but I think I heard this had been rejected by planners with concerns it could lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour.

Plans to modernise the passenger areas are also shaping up.  Hyder Consulting and BDP Architects have been contracted for a £26m scheme funded by Network Rail, Manchester City Council, and GMITA. A further £5m promised by the DfT has been withdrawn, but the proposals still include:

  • refurbishment of the roof (damaged in the 1996 IRA bomb)
  • glazed entrance doors
  • a glazed screen between concourse and platforms
  • centrally located travel office

These features are reminiscent of the refurbishment to Manchester Piccadilly of course, but the Victoria refurbishment will preserve the rich heritage features of the station like the war memorials, mosaics, and glazed, domed roof of the refreshment room.

Detailed plans will be drawn up next year with work starting on the station in 2012.

Finally, in a separate £1.7m DfT scheme lighting is going to be improved on platforms 3-6, new toilets constructed to replace the current antiquated facilities, and additional help-points and cycle loops installed.

See the Network Rail press release for full details.

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A blow for fare dodgers

September 15, 2010

Morning commuters will have noticed the presence of a ticket inspector at Walkden to clamp down on  fare-dodgers using the station.

FOWS are delighted that free-loaders are being targeted in this way. And from the positive comments made to the inspector, it sounds like we’re not alone – after all, ticketless travel only adds to the cost of rail fares for honest, fare-paying passengers.

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CCTV is here !

September 15, 2010

We are delighted that Northern Rail have completed installation of CCTV cameras on the platforms and in the booking hall of the station today, and hope this will lead to a reduction in anti-social behaviour at the station, and a better feeling of security for all travellers.

Our sincere thanks to Northern Rail, Salford Council’s Neighbourhood Team, British Transport Police, and GMPTE who have acted together quickly to put this solution in place.