Archive for September, 2012


ACoRP Community Rail Awards

September 29, 2012

Congratulations to our good friends at Hindley who have won second prize in this year’s hotly contested “Best UK Station Garden or Floral Display” competition. The gardens at Hindley are absolutely magnificent and the award is thoroughly well deserved – well done to all at Hindley !

Northern Rail were also among the winners taking top place in the “Outstanding Delivery of the Community Rail Strategy” competition. Sincere congratulations to the Community Rail team at Northern.


Autumn timetable starts Monday … don’t miss your train !

September 29, 2012

The Autumn “leaf-fall” timetable starts on Monday – a modified schedule running from October until December 8th which allows slightly longer train times to compensate for running slower tracks that can be covered by slippery, wet, fallen leaves.

For travellers from Walkden the main impacts are:

          • many trains to Manchester will leave Walkden 2 or 3 minutes earlier (for example, the 08.18 and 08.35 will leave at 08.16 and 08.33 instead)
          • most trains to Wigan leave Walkden at the same time as before but arrive at their final destination (Wigan, Kirby etc) 2 minutes later
Please take care to check your train’s departure time at National Rail website, or download the new timetable here.

Northern Rail “Meet The Directors” Event

September 24, 2012

On Tuesday 25th September, Northern Rail are holding a “meet the directors” event at Manchester Victoria station from 3pm until 7pm.

In attendance will be Lee Wasnidge, Area Director, and Jonathan Stewart, Commercial Director.

If you have any questions for the senior team at Northern Rail, now is your chance to speak to them directly!


Gardens get a tidy up

September 16, 2012

FOWS volunteers have been busy at the station today weeding and dead-heading the summer growth that has gone over.

A special thank you to Tracy Jacobs of Salford’s Neighbourhood Team who donated some hollies and pyrocanthus from her own garden – many thanks Tracy 🙂

Northern Rail have recently re-painted the station too, so it’s far to say the place is looking better than ever in modern times.

The hostas have done particularly well with this summer’s damp weather.

Weeded and boasting hollies and pyrocanthus donated by Tracy.