MP supports FOGS but Northern slow to deliver improvements

Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS) by Chris Burgess

Fiona Bruce MP sent FOGS this message of support after reading the newspaper article about plans to add CCTV and a customer information system (CIS) to Goostrey station.

“Friends of Goostrey station do absolutely sterling work in maintaining Goostrey Station and making it attractive for the many passengers using this line. It is, therefore, excellent news that Northern are also investing in the station and making vital infrastructure improvements. There is, of course, much more that could be done and I know that with the FOGS on the case the station is in the best hands!”

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However, by the end of 2017, the promised improvements by Northern had not materialised.

In the New Year, members of FOGS were extremely frustrated to read the following from Vicky Cropper, Regional Community and Sustainability Manager for Central Region.

“Regarding the installation of the CCTV and CIS, it looks as if this has been pushed back a number of weeks and is expected to be completed in March due to Landlord Consent.
The cross track cabling design for the new equipment needs Landlord Consent from Network Rail; this document will be submitted this week and NWR have 21 days to review it. Also the CIS screens are a bespoke model which have a long lead in time and won’t be delivered until March 2018.”

As Mike Jarvis, chair of FOGS, commented “We look forward to more news on the matter and hope that 2018 improves as the year goes on.”

Despite such disappointments, volunteers still come forward to help at our working parties between 10 and 1 on the second Sunday of each month. Platforms, steps and car park are swept and planted areas, including tubs, are maintained. Our latest recruits are young people who are using the experience to qualify for Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Goostrey Community Primary School continue to produce art for the platform shelter which is much appreciated by passengers. The current work about Water produced many comments including these:- ‘Every time I visit this station I enjoy the displays from the school.’ And ‘Another fabulous display! What beautiful handwriting and talented artists.’

Members of FOGS also help in other ways including keeping the pressure on Northern to restore the old Ticket Office.  The Rail Authority have agreed to repair the outside of the building but work on the inside will need to be organised by local people.

If you would like information about this group of volunteers, please speak to Mike Jarvis on 533981 or Peter Godfrey on 533745. In addition, there is a recently updated website at http://goostreystation.org.uk which includes information about rail tickets.

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