Apparently the situation could last for months!
Enthusiast may be interested in an upcoming auction..April 7th.
Congratulations to all involved in Friends of Goostrey Station (FoGS) for winning The Diversity Award; the award for involving people with different cultures, abilities and backgrounds.
Frodsham was the overall winner. Cheshire is unique in that it is the only county to have a Best Kept Stations award. Their aims are :
To promote, publicise and encourage community involvement to improve railway stations by holding an annual competition, and by other means, to find the Best Kept Station in Cheshire and other examples of good practice
To hold an annual event to support this aim by recognising and publicising such activities by giving Awards and to promote these stations and the railway industry in Cheshire.
To encourage community involvement and recognition of the significance of their railway stations, particularly by young persons, through conservation, environmental projects and associated education, artworks, at the stations and their environs.
To work in partnership with the railway industry, Local Authorities, Parish and Town Councils and other relevant stakeholders to achieve these aims.
Well done Goostrey…..and don’t forget FoGS are always looking for more volunteers. Working party mornings are on second Sundays.
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!”
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.
The Friends of Goostrey Station have produced this handy check for train times over the festive period! Well done FoGS, very useful, thank you:
There has been much debate on social media this week about the parking/traffic problem caused by the new charge at Goostrey Station but one solution has come to light. We hear today from the Garnetts that they are offering their Red Lion pub car park to commuters – to park there for free! Commuters might need a brolly on a morning such as today but it isn’t too far to walk to the station from there and would stop the threat of a nasty prang at the blind bend by the railway with a row of parked cars.
Great community spirit from the Garnett’s to solve a tricky problem – and maybe the odd commuter will pop in for a ‘quick half’ occasionally by way of a thank you!
Please be aware of the dangers of parking on the main road near the railway station. (The Red Lion has kindly said that commuters may park for free in the pub car park.)
Following the new daily parking charge cars are being parked along Station Road and in front of the houses near the bend. This could well end up causing an accident; vehicles now have to approach the blind bend along the wrong side of the road past a row of parked cars – unable to see what is coming over the rail bridge. Also, a vehicle driving over the bridge will not be expecting a car/bus/lorry or tractor to be heading straight for them on the wrong side of the road.
If you have trouble paying or getting a ticket from the machine: “For more information, enquiries or complaints about this car park please call Northern Customer Experience Centre on 0800 200 6060 or write to Freepost Northern Railway.”