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Friends of Walkden Station

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2015

General view on a sunny morning in May 2012

This scene taken on a sunny morning in May 2012 already belongs to the history books as the platform was raised and re-surfaced, and the mechanical signal scrapped, in summer 2013.

FoWS welcome Arriva Rail North to Walkden


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On 1st April 2016 Arriva Rail North took over operation of the Northern franchise and became the operator for all services from Walkden station.

FoWS look forward to working with the new operators and are excited by their public commitments to invest to improve trains and services and support community rail organisations like ours.

The previous operators - Northern Rail - did a great job improving trains and facilities despite only being contracted to provide a "stand-still" (no growth) service. With Arriva we are entering an expansive new area of new trains, upgraded services and stations, and yes we even have a date (2019) for scrapping of the uncomfortable "Pacer" trains.


FoWS honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service


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FoWS are delighted to have been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) in recognition of our members’ efforts to improve the station facilities and services.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.


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