Update on the traffic lights for Goostrey Station Bridge

A message from The FOGS Committee on the traffic lights which have been proposed on Goostrey Station Bridge…
The matter was raised at a recent Goostrey Parish Council Meeting as the design for the improvements to the bridge were done in 2018 and the works were scheduled to be completed in March 2019 but as you will be aware no progress has yet been made to date.
Goostrey Parish Council have asked Cheshire East Council (CEC) for an update meeting to discuss their plans for the Station Bridge and timescales for work to be carried out. A meeting is due to take place later in January however a date and agenda for the meeting has not yet been confirmed by CEC. The Vice Chair of Friends of Goostrey Station Dave Roberts will be present at the forthcoming meeting and will make representation regarding the current hazards that the bridge poses for rail passengers when walking to and from the Crewe Platform.
In order to try and escalate this matter FOGS have asked Fiona Bruce MP to write independently to CEC supporting that the works be progressed. Attached to this email is Fiona Bruce MP confirmation to Dave Roberts that she has sent said letter asking for an update. We will email again following the meeting and advising FOGS members of the outcome.

Friends of Goostrey Station Celebrated in Parliament!

This month there was another surprise for Friends of Goostrey Station!  Their work has been celebrated in parliament! Vice Chair of FoGS Mike Jarvis received a letter of congratulation from our MP Fiona Bruce which reads:

I am writing to let you and all your fellow volunteers with Friends of Goostrey Station know that I have tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) commending work in Parliament.   EDMs are a way for MPs to raise awareness and commend local organisations and volunteers publicly in Parliament for the work they do.  This is one of the first times in around 9 years as an MP that I have use an EDM in this way.  I am, and continue to be, impressed by the dedicated work you do.  Your organisation is an invaluable asset to Goostrey.

Goostrey Rail Station Staff 1891

Goostrey Station and staff when it opened in 1891 with a building on both platforms

Celebrating again - a reward for enthusiasm and commitment!

Members of FoGS celebrating a fourth success in the Cheshire Best Kept Station competition

restored ticket office 2019

The restored Victorian, modular, wooden station building at Goostrey

This Early Day Motion was tabled on Thursday 30th October 2019:

That this house commends the effective restoration work of Friends of Goostrey Station (FoGS) in transforming Goostrey Station including engaging the support of the Railway Heritage Trust and the securing of significant funds to facilitate the restoration of the historic station building, one of the last remaining Victorian, wooden, modular buildings complete with canopy in the country;  congratulates the attainment by FoGS of a number of awards including from the National Association of Community Rail Partnerships and four Cheshire Best Kept Station awards;  and commends the involvement of enthusiastic and dedicated local volunteers, Goostrey Parish Council, Goostrey Primary School, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Guides and young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Chair of FoGS Craig Sidebotham commented ‘It’s a huge surprise to receive this recognition.  Thanks to everyone for their support.’  But Mike Jarvis added that ‘if we are to build on our success, we need more people to come forward and help. Many of the current team are approaching, or over, 80 years of age.’  To ensure that passengers continue to enjoy using Goostrey station, our working parties continue on the second Sunday of each month starting at 10am. New volunteers are always welcome.  For more information, please contact Mike Jarvis on 01477 533981 or look at the FOGS website.

16-17 Saver Railcard

As the summer holidays come to an end, there’s good news for those either going on to learn a new trade or continue studies at a local college:  The 16-17 Saver railcard!
With effect from 02 September 2019, it gives anyone lucky enough to be so young 50% off rail travel to and from Goostrey Station (Ts and Cs apply, as always).
We would strongly encourage those who qualify and / or their parents to visit https://www.16-17saver.co.uk to learn more about the Railcard, including how and where to apply.
Keep up to date with the Friends of Goostrey Station (FoGS) website it’s regularly updated so you can make the most of our local Station, as well as hopefully making it cheaper!

FOGS are celebrating again! But need your vote…

FOGS members are delighted that their efforts have been recognised in a competition organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, ACoRP.   FOGS has been shortlisted in three categories. But will have to wait until the gala dinner in Telford on 3rd October to know the winners of all twelve categories. 

First shortlisting : a photo or film  VOTES NEEDED!*

The judges chose 12 entries that in their opinion, best capture ‘community rail in action’.  But the winner will be decided by public vote so please support FOGS by clicking the link below and vote!…..

click here to vote…….> Cast your Vote for FOGS. *You can vote until 3 September

FOGS entry photo – it’s option d in the above competition – shows two of our volunteers taking a break during a working party to enjoy the pleasant seating area on the Manchester platform.  This part of the station has been made more welcoming by tubs of flowering plants and railway memorabilia.  

Vote for this photo to help FOGS win an ACoRP award!

Second shortlisting : most enhanced buildings and surroundings

FOGS submission comprised a brief summary and several photos plus a more detailed description under the headings Aims, What Happened and Results.  There was much to write about – from gardening, sweeping, art displays, unique banners and conservation to the restoration of the water supply and the renovation of the iconic wooden building.

Third shortlisting : it’s your station

FOGS achieved enough points to be placed in the gold band but the winners of each band – bronze, silver, gold and platinum – will be revealed at the award ceremony.  FOGS sent photos plus a detailed description under the headings Gardening Achievement, Community Participation and Environmental Responsibility.  Two judges also visited Goostrey station, arriving (appropriately) by train!  FOGS members were proud to tell them about our achievements but the judges also wanted to know about the problems we faced and our plans for the future. 

FOGS has been shortlisted in previous years.  In 2017, it was for the  Art Displays by Goostrey Community Primary School in the platform shelter.  The year after, it was for Involving Diverse Groups of People in improving Goostrey station.  Perhaps 2019 will be the year when we win an ACoRP award!

To ensure that passengers are proud to use Goostrey station working parties continue on the second Sunday of each month starting at 10am and FOGS always welcome new volunteers.  For more information, please contact Mike Jarvis on 01477 533981 or look at the FOGS website at friendsofgoostreystation.org 

Currently they have no store room, so it would be best if helpers took tools such as brushes, spades, forks, loppers or secateurs.  There will be a few spares available for those not able to bring their own. While working, every volunteer must wear one of FOGS’ orange safety jackets; orange is the specified railway safety colour and yellow ones can confuse train drivers travelling at speed.  No-one should work alone at the station in case there is an accident.

Link to full list of short-listed stations: Community Rail Awards 2019

Train strike suspended (after this Sat)

🚊 At last….train strike suspended!  🚊 

(No trains this Sat tho). And there will be weekend replacement buses while engineering works are carried further down the line, but still……

Is a conductor the same as a guard?

“RMT has agreed to suspend its strike action and recommence talks about the future role of the conductor. This follows positive discussions between RMT and Northern. It is unfortunately too late to reintroduce a full timetable in time for 09/02/19. bit.ly/2WIVDvL” Northern.