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 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.
This year's FOWS passenger count on Nov 20th recorded almost identical passenger numbers using the station as last year: 707 instead of 711.
Around 50 extra passengers used the trains towards Manchester, counter balanced by 40 less in the Wigan direction - evidence perhaps of road users giving up on the congested East Lancs and A6 to try the train ? If so they would have found a good service in operation with some full trains (but all passengers able to board), good punctuality, and only one (off-peak) service cancelled.
For full details of our passenger counts from 2007 until the present, please see our Passenger Numbers webpage.
Network Rail projects have recently been completed to raise and resurface the station platform, and install modern colour-light signalling. Arguably the station hasn't been in such good shape for the last 50 years. Meanwhile FOWS will continue to work towards securing car parking and step-free access for the station. See our blog for latest details.
The FOWS blog is the place for all the latest news and views on developments at Walkden station.