Archive for August, 2013

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Flower beds bloom again – our thanks to Buckingham Group

August 31, 2013
The Buckingham Group team responsible for replanting the flower beds this afternoon

The Buckingham Group team responsible for replanting the flower beds this afternoon

The platform work is complete and the team from Buckingham Group have planted up the flowerbeds that were unavoidably damaged during the seven-week engineering works.
As these photographs show, the flower beds have been restored to a high standard by Buckingham, with a solid stone kerb where we used to have wooden planking.

Secretary Neil Stapleton said “We could not be more pleased with the work Buckingham have done for Network Rail at Walkden. Not only do the new platforms look great, but the long-standing problem of the gap between platform and trains has been remedied. The team went ‘the extra mile’ by finishing off the edging to the flower beds beautifully, and spending a considerable amount of time and money replacing damaged plants for us“.

Platform 1 bed, extended and with a new kerb

Platform 1 bed, extended and with a new kerb

Detail of platform 1's end bed with hebes and ornamental grasses

Detail of platform 1’s end bed with hebes and ornamental grasses

Platform 2 bed, restocked by the Buckingham team

Platform 2 bed, restocked by the Buckingham team

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FOWS meeting – Wednesday 4th September

August 31, 2013

fows_small_png_logoFOWS have their next meeting next Wednesday (4th September) at 7.15pm in the British Legion Club on Wilfred Street, 5 minutes walk from the station.

Our meetings are free to attend and open to all comers – you don’t need to be a member. If you have something to say about the station or would like to know more about what we’re doing to try and keep improving it, why not come along ?

The meeting agenda can be downloaded here.

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Spread the word … Walkden station is on the up !

August 25, 2013

The newly resurfaced platforms don’t just look good – they’re also higher than the old ones and that’s great news for everyone who used to struggle with the large step between the platform and trains.

We know that some people stopped using the station in recent years because of the big gap, and maybe they don’t know about the new platforms yet.

So why not to help to spread the word … Walkden station is (literally) on the up !

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More above-inflation rail fares rises on the way

August 17, 2013

This week’s announcement that rail fares will rise next January by an average of 4.1% will be depressingly familiar to Walkden commuters who’ve seen fare rises racing ahead inflation and wages for several years now. As our table below shows, the most popular fares from Walkden (returns to Manchester) have risen by 31% and 43% (peak and off-peak) in just 6 years.

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We will have to wait until December to find out exactly how hard this year’s increase will hit people as the 4.1% figure is only an average which rail companies have considerable “wiggle room” to distribute unevenly across their network. As a result we’ve seen fare rises a full 3% lower – and 4% higher – than the national average in the last 3 years.

At least we have been lucky enough to see some significant service improvements over the same period – Sunday trains, the longer and higher platform, electronic displays, modern signalling and the current renovation work at Victoria to name a few. However, we all know that much remains to be done too, with step-free access and larger, more modern trains still out of reach.