Archive for the ‘northern’ Category

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Art project creators re-united at Walkden

May 18, 2017

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Friends and supporters met at Walkden yesterday to formally celebrate the installation of our station art work with artist Mark Mennell, students from Salford City College, and representatives from Northern.

It was a chance for our members to thank the young people who helped produce the beautiful designs, and for many of the contributors who made the project possible to celebrate its successful completion.

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Andy Barlow (Chair FoWS), Vicky Cropper (Community and Sustainability Manager, Northern), Nicola Worthington (Salford City College) and Mark Mennell (artist) beside a panel commemorating the old signal box at Walkden (and the day a Deltic visited Walkden in 1981!)

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Artwork installed!

May 3, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Mark Mennell and the team from Carillion have installed our 10 art panels at the station this morning. We hope you will agree they make a huge, positive difference to the appearance and experience of using the station!

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to our financial donors – Salford City Council’s Recycle and Reward Scheme, Little Hulton and Walkden Community Committee, and Arriva Trains North.

Also thanks to the artist Mark Mennell and the students at Salford City College who assisted in the designs, Fay Flatt from Salford’s Neighbourhood team, and everyone at Northern who helped make this possible – principally Vicky Cropper, Lydia Hayes, Matthew Worman and Joan Nickson.

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Walkden art work complete – installation will be soon

April 22, 2017

Artist Mark Mennell has completed production of the art work for Walkden station and we are now just waiting for an installation date to be agreed with Northern (who are very kindly installing the work for free).

We look forward to announcing the actual installation date very soon and hope all station users will enjoy the 10 lovely pieces that Mark has designed for us.

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More engineering works this weekend

April 22, 2017

Due to the Ordsall Chord work trains will not be able to use Manchester Victoria again this weekend: a reduced timetable is in operation with services diverted to Oxford Road instead:

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Walkden station artworks … a sneak preview

April 1, 2017

We are delighted to offer a sneak preview of a couple of the draft designs that artist Mark Mennell has produced for FoWS.

The designs form part of a series of 8 steel panels that will be attached to the walls of the stairway at the station.

We think the designs, produced by Mark in collaboration with Art & Design students at Salford City College are gorgeous and can’t wait to see them installed – hopefully in the not too distant future.

The Walkden station art project has been made possible with generous financial assistance from Salford City Council‘s Community Committee and Recycle/Reward programmes, and Arriva Rail North‘s Community Rail programme.

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Service improvements from December this year and May next year

March 18, 2017

ARNlogoFoWS have obtained details from northern about the introduction of increased service frequencies as promised in the Arriva franchise contract.

Unfortunately delays to engineering projects in the south have had a knock-on effect on the availability of extra trains for northern so many of the improvements planned for December this year have been deferred 6 months.

However, we are pleased to confirm that our suggestion that Sunday improvements could start without the additional trains being ready has been accepted and thus:

  • From Dec’ 2017 Walkden will have an improved Sunday service with 2 trains per hour (tph) in each direction from 8am to 6pm and an hourly service until 10pm
  • In May 2018 all other services changes:
      • 4 tph (each direction) during the daytime and 2 tph evening
      • All services will continue to serve Victoria as now, but many will continue beyond Victoria including:
        • 1 tph Southport to Leeds via Brighouse
        • 1 Southport to Burnley/Blackburn via Todmorden
        • 1 Kirkby-Rochdale

By the of end 2019 all Pacer trains should be withdrawn from service and all northern trains will either be new or refurbished.

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FoWS Annual General Meeting this week

March 12, 2017
This Wednesday evening (15th March)  FoWS hold our AGM for 2017, and you can find the agenda attached here
The meeting starts at 7.30pm and please note we are meeting in the Walkden Gateway Centre rather than our usual venue (the Legion Club).
Our guest speaker is Vicky Cropper who joined northern last year as Community and Sustainability Manager for the Central Region, and Vicky will be telling us about northern’s achievements and plans in the community rail arena.
The meeting is open to all members of the public with an interest in the on-going development of Walkden station.