Archive for January, 2016


Victoria closure – Sunday services diverted to Oxford Road

January 24, 2016

From today Victoria station will be closed for the next 12 Sundays for engineering work connected with the Ordsall Chord (the new piece of track that will allow trains to run directly from Victoria to Piccadilly via Salford Central and Deansgate).

Walkden’s hourly daytime service will continue to operate but starting and finishing at Oxford Road instead of Victoria.

Bus replacements will operate between Salford Crescent and Victoria for anyone needing to get to Victoria – but bear in mind connecting services from Victoria will also be affected by the closure.

As always we recommend checking National Rail Enquiries before you travel.


Arriva Rail North places order for 281 carriages

January 24, 2016

The incoming Northern franchise operators have placed an order for 281 new carriages to start arriving on the Northern network in 2018. The trains 100-mph trains will be built by Spanish company CAF and include air-conditioning, wi-fi, power sockets, CCTV etc.

As high-speed trains they’re unlikely to be seen on Walkden services but their arrival on the region’s inter-city routes will allow better trains to be “cascaded” down to local services.


Next FOWS public meeting

January 16, 2016

The next meeting of FoWS will be held this Wednesday 20th January starting at 7.30pm in Walkden Legion Club, on Wilfred Road, a few minutes walk from the station.

We hold meetings every 2 months, and they’re open not only to existing members but to anyone who has as interest in the station or our work.

The meeting agenda is attached here