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FOWS meet GMITA at Manchester Town Hall

October 11, 2010

FOWS Chair Peter Aust recently attended a meeting of the GMITA Rail and Metrolink Networks Committee to explain our work and objectives to the councillors who set rail strategy for the Greater Manchester area. Peter is pictured here with Cllr Doreen Dickinson who chairs the committee.

FOWS were invited, along with FRECCLES (the Friends of Eccles Station), after our recent success at the national Community Rail Awards ceremony in Southend.

GMITA have also released the following press release praising FOWS and FRECCLES achievements and recognition:

Praise for community rail groups

Transport leaders have commended the work of local rail groups, following this year’s round of Community Rail Awards.

Friends of Walkden Station, Friends of Eccles Station and Friends of Glossop Station were among rail volunteers from across the country to receive recognition at the event.

The awards, now in their sixth year, are run by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACORP) to publicly recognise and reward the efforts of community rail supporters who promote their local services.

Friends of Walkden station achieved second place in the ‘Best Community Rail Event’ category for the Walkden Station Gala, which attracted hundreds of visitors to celebrate the return of a Sunday service to the station after 41 years.

Friends of Eccles Station (FRECCLES) landed third place in the ‘Best Station Garden or Floral Display’ category after wowing judges with their dramatic improvement of the inner-city station.

Friends of Glossop Station member Chris Strogen also came third in the ‘Best Community Rail Image’ category for his ‘Hang on to Your Teddies!’ photograph.

Councillor Doreen Dickinson, Chair of the Rail and Metrolink Networks Committee, said: “Congratulations to the groups on their fantastic achievements. Local rail services play a vital part in communities across the region, and it’s good to see residents coming together and making a real difference in their areas.

“The Walkden and Eccles Stations are two great examples of what can be achieved, and I hope this will inspire more community groups to be creative in promoting their local rail services in the future.”

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