Archive for May, 2012


Replacement anti-pigeon nets expected

May 30, 2012

FOWS understand from contacts at Salford City Council that new anti-pigeon netting will be installed on the road bridge outside the station on or around June 10th.


Pigeon nets gone … pigeon mess back !

May 27, 2012

Pigeon mess has quickly become a problem outside Walkden station entrance after the anti-pigeon netting was surprisingly removed last week.

We don’t know why the anti-pigeon nets have been removed from the overbridge outside the station, but one things for sure it didn’t take long for the pigeons to move back to the rafters over the pavement and begin dropping their mess all over the pavement again.

FOWS have been in touch with Northern Rail, Network Rail, and Salford City Council about the unsightly mess and the obvious public health problem it creates. We will report back when information is forthcoming.



The sunflowers are here !

May 27, 2012

Sunflowers at Walkden station in 2010

Friends of Walkden Station’s resident sunflower fan Peter Hope has kindly donated a dozen sunflowers again this year, and  volunteers have been busy planting them up at the station this morning.

Here’s a little reminder from August 2010 of what we have to look forward to again – it’s becoming something of an annual summer treat for passengers travelling through Walkden !


Metrolink Update for Tram Fans

May 12, 2012

On Thursday 31 May 2012, 7-9pm Tony Williams, Manchester Area Officer of the Light Rail Transit Association, will be giving a presentation on the current Metrolink expansion and construction.

He will be discussing the latest developments, illustrated with photos from over the last 2 years.

Meet at 6.30 for 7 pm at the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street (behind Manchester Central Library, nearest Metrolink St Peter’s Square).

Admission is free but a £2 donation would be appreciated towards hire of the room.


Local Council Results: FOWS Win – and Lose – in Walkden South !

May 12, 2012

Congratulations to FOWS member Labour’s Richard Critchley who last week won election to Salford City Council representing Walkden South.

However Richard’s victory came at the expense of Conservative opponent – and fellow FOWS member – Anne Broomhead. Our commiserations to Anne.

The story illustrates FOWS’ commitment to full political engagement with local councillors and MPs, without bias or attachment  to any particular party. FOWS work with anyone and everyone who has the interests of the station at heart !

FOWS current membership includes 2 councillors from Walkden South – Iain Lindley (Con) and Richard Critchley (Lab).

We’d  love to see the councillors from Walkden North and other nearby wards whose constituents make up most of the station’s passenger base getting involved with FOWS too !


Summer timetable starts Monday

May 12, 2012

The new summer timetable comes into force on Monday (14th) and runs until Sunday 30 September.

FOWS have performed a quick check and found no changes to any departures from Walkden.

As previously announced on this blog, the Sunday service to Manchester and Wigan is continuing after TfGM and Norther Rail came to a funding deal to cover the service cost for the next 2 years.


23.20 from Victoria is a bus replacement next week

May 5, 2012

The last train out from Victoria (the 23.20) is replaced by a bus each evening next week from Monday (7th May) until Thursday (11th May).

The usual warnings about the bus being slower, lacking toilets, and not being able to carry bicycles, non-folding prams, wheelchairs  etc apply.

Only the last Wigan-bound train of each evening is affected by bus replacement – all other services are due to run normally.