Salford Rail Strategy prioritises key improvements for Walkden

July 29, 2017

Salford City Council have adopted a Rail Strategy to formally identify their aspirations for improvements to stations and services in the area. FoWS made a substantial contribution to the consultation process and are delighted to see most of our goals formally adopted by the council.

The strategy does not mean any of the improvements identified will automatically go ahead, but it places Salford in a great position compared to all the other Manchester region boroughs for presenting a structured improvement plan to the likes of Network Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester, and Rail North when funding streams become available.

FoWS welcome Salford’s proactive adoption of a rail strategy and believe it will be an important step towards realisation of our goals.

The strategy can be downloaded from Salford’s website here: please note the strategy is almost 100 pages long and the council have requested that a shorter version is produced for general distribution.

Among the top priorities identified by Salford are the following Walkden-related items:

  • Work with TfGM to complete the development of the business case for funding to deliver disabled access at Walkden Station (as part of a wider development of the station and the area it serves).
  • Six trains per hour at Salford Central Station including inter-regional services and at least 1tph to/from Manchester Airport (after the provision of Liverpool Line platforms);
  • Through services to Manchester Piccadilly from the Wigan – Atherton – Salford Crescent Line. 
  • Raising the Atherton line line speed to at least 75mph
  • Withdrawal of Class 142 units.
  • Electrification of the Atherton Line 
  • Promote interchange improvements at Walkden station.

Section 4.15 of the report talks specifically about objectives for Walkden:

4.15.1 Salford City Council wishes to see progress of proposals to improve disabled access at Walkden station. Whilst there are no assurances from the rail industry and TfGM, the City Council looks forward to the eventual identification of funding and commencement of the work. However, the City Council wishes to see further coordinated and sustainable investment at Walkden including:

(i) The completion of a ‘park and ride’ facility at Walkden to incorporate car parking, a cycle hub and a cycle maintenance workshop.

(ii) The provision of a retail facility.

(iii) Improvements to the immediate area of the station including improvements to bus stops, taxi bays and drop off facilities, walking and cycle routes, road crossings and way-marking/signage.

4.15. Salford City Council is working with TfGM to develop proposals for a Park & Ride at Walkden, potentially funded by TfGM. The Salford Bolton Network Improvement (SBNI)  programme will also provide a series of highway improvements in the vicinity of the station.



Next meeting – Weds 19th July

July 15, 2017

The next FoWS meeting will be held next Wednesday 19th July at 7.30pm in Walkden Legion Club, Wilfred Road (a couple of minutes walk from the station).

The agenda is attached here

FoWS meetings are open to all members of the public with an interest in our work or the station, so please feel free to come along!


Art project creators re-united at Walkden

May 18, 2017


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.


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!)


Our next meeting – Weds 17th May

May 10, 2017


The next FoWS meeting will be held next Wednesday 17th May at 7.30pm in Walkden Legion Club, Wilfred Road (a couple of minutes walk from the station).

We are delighted to welcome our Northern Station Manager Joan Nickson as our special guest.

FoWS meetings are open to all members of the public with an interest in our work or the station, so please feel free to come along!


Walkden station gardens get a spring clean

May 7, 2017

1-DSCN5154A big thank you to our FoWS volunteers who’ve been weeding, pruning, sweeping, planting, and generally tidying up the flower beds and planters at Walkden this morning: Kathy, Harry, Mike, Peter, Andy, Angela and Neil

Thanks also to the guys at the Car Wash for topping up our watering cans during this hot, dry spell – very community spirited of you 🙂

Certainly more public spirited than the lady passenger who didn’t mind that sitting on the planters has damaged some plants because “I didn’t ask you to” put plants here!

Quite right ma’am – in fact nobody asked us to do it. We just thought it would make the station a nicer place for passengers like you to enjoy while waiting for their train.


Rhododendron planter: dedicated to the lady who never asked for it


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.




Big day at Walkden station tomorrow!

May 2, 2017

It’s going to be an historic day at Walkden tomorrow as the station’s first ever public art project is installed.

Watch this space for photos