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FoWS shortlisted for national Community Rail Award

August 12, 2017

ACORP-awards-207FoWS are very excited to announce that our station art project has been shortlisted in this year’s Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) Community Rail Awards, in the category of Community Art Schemes – Permanent Projects.

The scheme – designed by Mark Mennell and students from Salford City College, and funded by grants from Little Hulton & Walkden Community Committee, Salford City Council Recycle & Reward, and Northern – was unveiled at Walkden in May this year.

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The ACoRP awards, which are now in their 13th year, recognise the important but often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships and station adoption groups, amongst others, who provide a welcome social and economic contribution, with their activities, to their communities.

The winners will be revealed at the awards gala dinner and presentation evening held by ACoRP, at The Roundhouse in Derby on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Notes about ACoRP

Community rail is all about ensuring communities get the most from their railways, and promoting rail as a key part of sustainable, healthy travel. There are more than 50 community rail partnerships around Britain, working at a grassroots level along railway routes to connect the community with the train operator and other local partners. They deliver a range of activities to engage and benefit local people and support the development of the railway. More than 1,300 smaller community rail groups, such as station friends, work locally, often involving volunteers in ensuring the station is a welcoming and productive hub for the community.

The Association of Community Rail Partnerships is the membership body for community rail partnerships, representing over 80 community rail lines, and more than 1,300 local groups. ACoRP works to empower, support and champion the community rail movement. See acorp.uk.com, follow and tweet us @ACORPoffice, find us on Facebook and sign up to our monthly e-news ‘Train On Line’(http://bit.ly/tol17), to keep up to date with all that’s new in the world of community rail

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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.