Archive for the ‘Media’ Category


Local girl highlights Walkden station accessibility issues on Granada Reports

November 6, 2017

Well done to Amber Shaw and Mum Deanne for bringing the lack of wheelchair access to Walkden station to attention on Granada reports tonight. Their story – which ran as the first item on the evening and late news – highlighted the fact Walkden station, along with over half of Greater Manchester’s stations, is inaccessible to wheelchairs. In the report and on his Twitter feed Greater Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham called for the government to devolve control of local stations so he can address access issues faster.

In part thanks to FoWS campaigning Walkden is next in line for accessibility improvements within the TfGM station area and plans for a lift have been drawn up, but crucially funding for the scheme depends on government funding which has not yet been forthcoming.

The Granada report into Amber’s story can be viewed on the Granada Reports website.


Car park plan revealed for Walkden station

December 3, 2016

stationcarparknews002We were delighted with the confirmation this week that Salford City Council have agreed to make the old council depot site on Chestnut Lane available to TfGM as a dedicated station car and bicycle park.

With the disruption caused to our neighbours by on-street parking, and the ever increasing problem of congestion-related pollution, we believe this is great news for passengers and residents alike.

FoWS have been working with TfGM and local councillors to bring this to fruition, and we want to say a huge “Thank You” to everyone who’s helped to make it happen.

Keeping public land in public ownership and utilising it for public good is not an easy trick to pull off these days, so a special thank you to City Mayor Paul Dennett, Walkden councillors Richard Critchley, Iain Lindley, and Roger Jones, and Owain Roberts from the Rail Team at TfGM !


“Standing Up For Investment In Greater Manchester” – the state of local trains raised at Tory party conference

October 8, 2011

The poor quality of trains and services in Manchester were highlighted by Walkden South councillor Iain Lindley in a speech to the Conservative Party Conference this week.

Contrasting the plight of Mancunian rail users with the newer trains and more frequent services provided in the south, Cllr Lindley said:

Conference, have you ever been in London and complained about waiting five minutes for your tube train? If my train to work in Cheshire is cancelled, I have to wait a whole hour. There are residents and commuters on my local station who wait half an hour only to find a train so full they cannot get on it”

The full text of Cllr Lindley’s short address can be read on his website here.

Walkden’s train passengers will be fervently hoping the message was heard by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond.

NB: FOWS is a strictly non-party political group (impartiality is enshrined in our constitution), and we are happy to work with, and acknowledge good deeds by, politicians of all parties.



Marion – gone but not forgotten !

April 29, 2011

Great to see a short piece in this week’s Salford Advertiser marking Marion Bainbridge’s recent retirement (page 28 – “End of line for retiring Marion”).

After all Marion’s years of sterling public service it’s only right her departure’s should make the news … it’s probably the only time she’s ever been called “retiring” though 😉


FOWS and FRECCLES success at Community Rail Awards

September 25, 2010

Secretary Neil Stapleton collecting the award from ACoRP's Dawn Wolrich

Friends of Walkden Station – and our friends at FRECCLES (Eccles station) – both enjoyed success with national recognition in the 2010 Community Rail Awards.

FOWS were second in the Best Marketing Event category for our Sunday Service Launch Gala. First place went to First Great Western for their “Bicester Link Launch”

We didn’t get into the top three in the Best Station Adoption Group category, but we’re very pleased to have been  shortlisted anyway. Friends of Wemyss Bay in Scotland won this award.

FRECCLES success came in the highly competitive Best Station Garden category where they were awarded 3rd place – our congratulations to them.

Full details of the winners in all categories can be found on the ACoRP website.


National coverage for FOWS

June 9, 2010

We are delighted to be featured on the front page of the Campaign for Better Transport’s website.

This highly respected national group – which used to be known as Transport 2000 – champions “transport solutions that improve people’s lives and reduce environmental damage” and encourages grass-roots campaigns like ours to enhance public transport provision.


Walkden station featured in Worsley Civic Trust newsletter

April 3, 2010

The following article about the station’s history appears in the current edition of Worsley Civic Trust’s newsletter.

The newsletter is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the heritage and culture of Worsley and its neighbouring districts. See the Worsley Civic Trust’s website for details of the group and membership.


132 years after they first ran, Sunday trains return to Walkden station this summer.

The Lancashire & Yorkshire (L&Y) Railway opened Walkden High Level station in 1888, the second station to serve the growing town after the rival LNWR opened Low Level station on Brindley Street 13 years earlier. The L&Y were famously modern – and opportunist – in their outlook, and surprised the traditional LNWR with Sunday trains.

The L&Y’s Sunday service comprised trains to Manchester Victoria at 9.52, 15.17, 17.52, 19.24 and 21.02, and trains to Atherton at 9.00, 14.25, 17.05, 18.40, 20.00, 22.45. Perhaps the lengthy gaps between 10am and 2.30pm reflected the sanctity of Sunday morning church services in the 1880’s. The single fare to Manchester was 1/1 (1st class), 6d (2nd), and 3½d (3rd).

The picturesque LNWR station closed in 1954, bequeathing Worsley a cycle path to Eccles and Bolton. The L&Y station, re-named simply Walkden when the distinction was no longer necessary, thankfully escaped the Beeching axe. Amazingly British Railways’ 1962-63 timetable shows exactly the same number of Sunday trains (11) running as in 1888 – and the morning hiatus remained.

Sometime after 1962 Sunday services were withdrawn and the only trains along the tracks on “the seventh day” were occasional diversions from other routes.

The tide is set to turn again on May 23rd when Northern Rail introduce Sunday trains from Walkden to Wigan and Manchester, 132 years after the L&Y’s ground-breaking debut.

Railway re-openings are rare and FOWS are determined the occasion will be celebrated with greater gusto than the station’s opening in 1888. Then the Farnworth Observer of July 7th remarked “decorations of any shape in honour of the event were conspicuous by their absence”.

The Friends of Walkden Station have played an important part in restoring Sunday services, spear-heading a campaign that persuaded Northern Rail and GMITA of the line’s importance to local people.

However, there is an important caveat to this success story – the service currently has funding for one year only so it’s vitally important that local people support it.