Archive for May, 2011


Sunday trains ever more popular

May 30, 2011

Great to ride into Manchester yesterday and see that the train in both directions was full with a few people standing. Everyone knew the Sunday service would be popular, and it’s lovely to see it working out.

However, we can’t be complacent … Transport for Greater Manchester are funding the service until next May but from then on there is no guarantee the trains will continue – no matter how popular they are !

We ask all passengers who value the Sunday trains to write to your local councillors and stress how important the Sunday trains are for you and your community. Only by spreading the word to as many decision makers as possible can we hope to keep the Sunday trains running after next May.

It only takes a few minutes … please do your bit to help now


Summer Timetable – disruption ahead

May 25, 2011

The summer timetable started on Monday and whilst most services continue to run as before there are some significant disruptions in the months ahead due to track relaying work:

  • From 20th June to 9th September, Mondays to Thursdays, the last train of the day in each direction is replaced by a bus and operates to a slower timetable;
  • From 26th June to 31st July all Sunday services from Walkden are replaced by buses and operate to a slower timetable;

We understand the track is being renewed (you may have noticed the new rails from Tata lying in the track bed, waiting to replace the “Workington 1959” veterans) and a bridge is being replaced at Atherton.

On Sundays when the train service is running there are some curious – minor – timing changes:

All departures from Wigan start 2 minutes earlier (15 minutes past the hour instead of 17), and all arrivals at Wigan are 1 minute later (55 minutes past the hour instead of 54). As these changes are effective outside the period of engineering works the suspicion of timetable-padding to improve train performance figures inevitably arises !


Guest Speaker at tomorrow’s FOWS meeting

May 3, 2011

We are delighted to welcome Richard Critchley, Chair of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, to our meeting tomorrow evening. The meeting starts at 7.15pm in the Walkden Legion Club on Wilfred Street.

FOWS meetings are free to attend and open to anyone with an interest in the station or who’s interested in becoming a member.