Archive for January, 2012

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Get involved – come to the FOWS AGM !

January 21, 2012

Friends of Walkden Station hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th March at 7.15pm in the Walkden Legion Club on Wilfred Road (5 minutes walk from the station), and all station users are warmly invited to attend.

The AGM is our chance to look back at the year gone by and forward to the year ahead. We also elect our officials for the year and have a Question & Answer session with our guest panel. This year we hope to have guests from Northern Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester, Salford City councillors, and British Transport Police, as usual.

We are also looking for new members – people with ideas and hopefully some time to help lobby for, or work on, schemes to enhance the station.

If you share our desire to make Walkden station a better place for everyone that uses it, why not come along – we’d love to meet you !

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Bus replacements on Sundays for next 6 weeks

January 7, 2012

Fans travelling to the big match tomorrow should beware that due to engineering works all Sunday trains are replaced by a bus service for the next 6 weeks.

For details of the bus times, see the special notice on Northern Rail’s website.

The usual warnings about bus replacements apply: journeys are slower, the buses have no toilets, and will not carry bicycles, non-folding prams, wheelchairs  etc.

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Guard off but train sets off regardless

January 7, 2012

Commuters on the 0738 had a rude awakening on their return to the rails Tuesday morning – not only did they find fares having been increased by 6% or more, they were also victims of train operating cock-up that saw the train pull out of Walkden without a guard.

As a result passengers were deposited in the pouring rain at Moorside while the lonesome driver took the train out of service and ran empty to Victoria.

Leaving aside how such an incident could even happen when the guard’s on board signal is required before a train can leave, the experience was worst of all for those passengers who – having waited at Moorside in atrocious conditions – could not even board the next train due to over-crowding.

The story was covered later in the day in this Manchester Evening News article.

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Fair Fares Now campaign

January 7, 2012

The new year has seen press coverage of – and protests against – the latest round of fare hikes to hit rail passengers. Here’s a couple of links which may be interesting if you’re trying to cut costs or want to get involved with the protests: