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 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 

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.” Northern.


Delay to Station Bridge

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.

Goostrey station

Station bridge

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.