Archive for April, 2016


AGM Agenda published

April 19, 2016

The agenda for our forthcoming AGM on 10th May is now available for download.

We’re delighted to welcome special guests from Northern, Transport for Greater Manchester, Salford’s Neighbourhood team, and Worsley Civic Trust. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

In addition to learning about Arriva Rail North’s plans for improving the trains and services, we are also pleased to welcome the artist Mark Mennell who has recently worked with Friends of Patricroft Station to install some beautiful panels illustrating the area’s local history. Mark will help us come up with ideas for bringing some tailor-made art to Walkden station too.

All our meetings including the AGM are open to the public, and we welcome everyone with an interest in helping us improve the station.


WH Smith opens at Victoria

April 14, 2016

Facilities at Manchester Victoria received another boost this week as a branch of WH Smith opened on the concourse.

At this week’s Friends of Eccles Station meeting representatives from Northern and TfGM confirmed that plans are also afoot to increase the seating available, including “warm” seating [areas].

Arriva Rail North to speak at FoWS AGM

April 5, 2016

We are delighted to announce that Karen Booth, Director of Communities and Sustainability and Prof. Paul Salveson, Community Rail Group Advisor, will be our Guests of Honour at this year’s AGM. Karen will give an update on Arriva’s plans for trains and services in our area.

The AGM will be held in the Walkden Legion Club on Tuesday May 10th at 7.30pm, and is open to the public as well as FoWS members.

If you are a Walkden station user or just interested in the development of the station, why not come along and find out more about the exciting improvements ahead !


Farewell Northern Rail … Hello Northern

April 3, 2016

Northern Rail

After 12 years of operating our local train services Northern Rail passed into history on Friday. Despite being contracted to maintain a “standstill” (no growth) service by the government Northern actually presided over an unprecedented growth in rail travel and proved inventive at turning new tricks from exhausted trains and budgets.

At Walkden some of the good things we will remember Northern Rail for include:

  • re-introduction of Sunday services for the first time since the 1970’s
  • lengthening the platform to accommodate longer trains
  • installing CCTV to improve safety and massively reduce anti-social behaviour at the station
  • installing electronic passenger information displays
  • netting the station canopy and bridges outside to solve the problem of pigeon mess

Northern Rail gave generous financial and support to FoWS and we remember station managers Pam Williams and Chris Ingham with particular fondness.

Northern Rail’s legacy is slightly tarnished by the slow response to the damaged roof that has caused so much water ingress and decay, and this is one area we will be looking for Arriva to quickly remedy.

ARNlogoArriva Rail North, operating under the brand name “Northern”, will now operate the franchise covering most local trains in the north of England until 2025.

As previously reported Arriva made some very significant commitments to improve stations and trains during their tenure, and have already started to place orders for new trains.

There will be an opportunity to meet Arriva Rail North staff and hear more about their plans for our area at the FoWS AGM in May (watch this blog for confirmation of the date and venue).