Congratulations to all involved in Friends of Goostrey Station (FoGS) for winning The 2017 Diversity Award in ‘The Best Kept Stations’; the award for involving people with different cultures, abilities and backgrounds. (nominated again for 2018!)
Goostrey Railway Station opened on 1st Sept 1891 on the Crewe to Manchester line and, as you can see from the image with the Station Master below, there used to be buildings on both sides of the tracks. The London Midland Railway Society state the remaining one is a Victorian modular railway building of a type built between 1860 and 1920 – and only a handful remain. Surely worth preserving. The nearby Twemlow viaduct, built by the Manchester and Birmingham Railway Company, took two years to construct – 1839 to 1841. It was built of brick (English Bond) & sandstone with a plain stone parapet and designed by George Watson Buck (a Quaker and canal and railway engineer, born in 1789 and died in 1854). Constructed with 23 semi circular brick arches, each approx 60 feet span.
Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS) by Chris Burgess. January 2018
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.
See the website at http://goostreystation.org.uk which includes information about rail tickets.
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