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Friends of Walkden Station

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2015

Walkden station artwork

The exit stairs from Walkden station, showing the artwork installed by FoWS in May 2017.

Artwork unveiled at Walkden station


In May 2017, FoWS were delighted to announce the installation of Walkden station's first art scheme, a series of 10 laser-cut steel panels designed by Wigan-based artist Mark Mennell in collaboration with students at the local Salford City College. The scheme was jointly funded by Walkden and Little Hulton Community Committee , Salford City Council's Recycle and Reward scheme , and Nothern

The artwork has brought new life and interest to the previously bare walls lining the stairs to the platform, and features scenes from Walkden's railway and industrial heritage, local wildlife, destinations serviced by the station's trains.

The project has been short-listed in the Station Art Scheme - Permanent Projects category in the 2017 ACoRP Awards.

Please see our FOWS blog for further details.


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.


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