Archive for the ‘TIF’ Category

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GMPTE Transport funding boost

May 13, 2009

You may have seen on the news that a massive £244m of funding has been brought forward or released to improve public transport in Greater Manchester.

Initial reports suggest the majority of funding will be spent on Metrolink and bus schemes rather than rail, but we will be asking GMPTE if money can be found to fund any of Walkden station’s desperately needed improvements.

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FOWS urge station users to participate in TIF consultation

October 2, 2008
FOWS TIF Leaflet

FOWS TIF Leaflet

FOWS volunteers were at the station this morning to hand out leaflets encouraging passengers to “speak up for Walkden !”

We are encouraging all friends and users of the station – whether “for” or “against” GMPTE’s TIF proposals – to register their views on the improvements needed at Walkden station.

Currently the TIF proposals include promises of a Passenger Information System, CCTV and longer trains … if the vote to proceed with TIF is won. 

FOWS welcome any plans for improvements to the station, but we also want passengers to remind GMPTE of all the other improvements – such as a car park, disabled access, Sunday services – that are wanted, whether TIF gets the go-ahead or not.

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Read Barbara Keeley’s speech on Walkden and the TIF

July 22, 2008

The full text of Worsley MP Barbara Keeley’s recent speech, which opened the parliamentary debate on Manchester’s TIF bid, can be read online here.

Ms Keeley eloquently describes the problems at Walkden station in detail, as well as other problems with the inaccessibility and poor provision of public transport in our area.

As Ms Keeley quite rightly says “There is only limited use of rail networks through Atherton and Walkden for commuting into Manchester, because the services are overcrowded and subject to other problems, too. Express trains from Atherton do not stop at Walkden, because of the limited length of the platform. The two-carriage trains that do stop there tend to be full, and 30, 40 or more people are regularly left there in the morning peak hour, because they cannot get on the overcrowded trains.”

Access to Walkden station is poor. There are two flights of stairs and no lift. The facilities are outdated and the station infrastructure is in urgent need of renewal. There are no car-parking facilities at the station apart from parking in nearby residential streets.”

Ms Keeley’s speech is well worth reading for anyone who has an interest in the TIF bid – which should mean all users of Walkden station ! – and FOWS are very grateful for her continuing fight to secure improvements at Walkden.

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Barbara speaks up for Walkden

July 3, 2008

Barbara Keeley MP, a staunch supporter of FOWS, has raised the plight of Walkden station in Westminster while speaking in a debate on proposed congestion charge. Barbara drew attention to the fact that rail services from Walkden are over-crowded during the peak hours, and that very little of the £3bn investment the TIF fund will generate is ear-marked for projects that will benefit the residents of Walkden or Worsley.

See Barbara’s press release for more details.

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Walkden in line for TIF Improvements

June 14, 2008

This week’s approval of Greater Manchester’s bid for up to £3 billion of investment by Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly could signal significant improvements for Walkden station and trains along the Atherton line.

Walkden is highlighted on GMPTE’s TIF Map for TIF Funded Improvements which FOWS understand to include CCTV, real-time passenger information and improved signage at the station. The Atherton line – along with the Eccles line – is also singled out for additional carriages to ease congestion, although these might quickly be filled by additional passengers using the new proposed Park & Ride facility at Atherton.

Although there is some way to go before the TIF project becomes a reality and the improvements will not be seen for a few years yet, we are pleased that GMPTE have recognised Walkden’s particular need for modernisation in their plans.