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 Station and staff when it opened in 1891 with a building on both platforms
Members of FoGS celebrating a fourth success in the Cheshire Best Kept Station competition
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.
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.
Great ‘before and after’ photographs of the old ticket office at Goostrey Station from The Railway Heritage Trust showing the dramatic improvements as the work comes to an end. Many thanks to the Trust and Network Rail for rescuing one of the few remaining of its type.
Network Rail begins to bring Goostrey’s railway building back into use with The Railway Heritage Trust and Friends of Goostrey Station. First stage will be exterior refurbishment. (Photos from @RailwayHeritage)
🚊 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.
Update on Goostrey station bridge from the Parish Council:
‘Cheshire East Highways have informed us that the scheme to install a safe area for pedestrians to cross the Station Bridge and traffic lights is on hold. We received the following explanation directly from Cheshire East Highways last week.
“The scheme was programmed in to commence on site in March 2019, however after meeting with the Contractors on site to discuss the buildability aspects of the scheme, it became apparent that it would not be possible to implement the scheme as per the original design. This is mainly down to the complexities of the site in terms of the highway boundary extents.
We have therefore had no option but to place the scheme on hold while we investigate other options in order to ensure that we design and deliver a workable solution that is safe for all road users.
I appreciate this is not the news you wanted to hear, however I can assure you that we are working hard to explore other options to enable the scheme to be constructed”. Highways
We are extremely disappointed in this new delay, however we are in regular contact with Cheshire East Highways to establish when a “buildable” scheme can be implemented.’ Goostrey Parish Council.