Archive for April, 2011

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Plans unveiled for Victoria’s new roof

April 30, 2011

The BBC have reported on Network Rail’s plans to build a new roof over Victoria station by 2014.

For full details and an artist’s impression of the light and airy new look, see the BBC article here.

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Northern Hub and Ordsall Chord update

April 30, 2011

There’s an update on the plans for the Northern Hub and Ordsall (linking Salford Central station with Deansgate) and progress of electrification around the region in the minutes of this TfGM Committee Meeting.

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Marion – gone but not forgotten !

April 29, 2011

Great to see a short piece in this week’s Salford Advertiser marking Marion Bainbridge’s recent retirement (page 28 – “End of line for retiring Marion”).

After all Marion’s years of sterling public service it’s only right her departure’s should make the news … it’s probably the only time she’s ever been called “retiring” though šŸ˜‰

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Dales Rail starts again

April 29, 2011

Good news for those of you hoping to take advantage of Lancashire Council and Northern Rail’s “Dales Rail” service to the Settle and Carlisle line as the Summer Sundays-only service starts again this weekend (Apr 24th).

As in previous years DalesRailĀ operates one train from Blackpool to Carlisle and back from 24Ā April to 23 October,Ā and a second Preston to Carlisle service from 22 May to 11 September. The trains are well timed to allow for a great day out walking or sight-seeing in the northern pennines or Yorkshire Dales.

The nearest station to Walkden served by Dales Rail is Bamber Bridge, so unfortunately a car is needed to access the trains (unless you can get to Blackburn early in the morning), but once the car is parked up you can relax and enjoy a spectacular ride through some of England’s grandest countryside on a world-famous railway line.

Full details from the DalesRail website.

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Transport for Greater Manchester – the new name for GMPTE

April 29, 2011

As of this month the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive has a new name – Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) – and takes on some additional responsibilities.

TfGM retains GMPTE’s control over bus and rail subsidy and service planning, ownership of the Metrolink, but takes on strategic transport planning to include the road network too. We understand one of the objectives is to make the organisation into more of a co-ordinated transport planning hub along the lines of London’s generally admired TfL (Transport for London).

There are more details about the changes on this post from Inside the M60.

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Bluebells bloom … thief returns

April 29, 2011

Ā The bluebells have burst into spectacular bloom in the FOWS gardens at Walkden station, but unfortunately our sneak thief has also returned and helped themselves to some bedding plants and the young peoris we planted in the third planter down the platform. We’ll replace that with something else today – although our stocks of decent looking plants are running low šŸ˜¦

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Late night bus replacements this week

April 26, 2011

With apologies for the late notice, the last train out from Victoria (the 23.20)Ā is replaced by a bus each evening this week from Monday (25th April) until Thursday (28th April).

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 ā€“ all other services are due to run normally.