A summary of recent activities by FoGS
Have you thought about becoming a Friend of Goostrey Station? New members are always welcome to join us. This article shows what we are doing currently to improve our railway station but for more information, please look at our website friendsofgoostreystation.org. Alternatively you can contact Dave Roberts on firstname.lastname@example.org or Craig Sidebotham on email@example.com .
At present, restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic mean that FOGS working parties cannot take place. However Northern has confirmed that the grass on the bank near the car park will be strimmed by their employees in due course. Northern has also issued detailed guidance for volunteers who want to resume their work at railway stations. We must comply with social distancing measures to protect both customers and volunteers. Up to six people can work at one time but they must apply in advance through a FOGS committee member.
The FOGS constitution requires that the AGM is held annually in May. This year it has been postponed but the committee has agreed that, going forward, Dave Roberts will be chair and Craig Sidebotham will be vice chair. Other roles will remain the same.
The restored station building
An opening ceremony for the restored Victorian modular wooden ticket office and waiting room was planned some months ago, but it was delayed when a leak developed in the roof. FOGS is still awaiting information from Network Rail about the handover of the building to the franchise holder Northern. At that point, discussions about the ongoing use of the building and the preferred tenants can take place. Plans will also be needed for restoring water supplies and installing toilets.
Goostrey sign in the USA
FOGS members have been exploring the possibility of repatriating a Goostrey station sign which at present is on display in Max and Erma’s diner in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. However an email has arrived from the Director of Operations of the Glacier Restaurant group who confirmed they will not be able to sell the sign. The restaurant has changed hands numerous times so the Director doesn’t have any idea who obtained the sign or how it ended up in the US. So it seems unlikely that we will see it back in Cheshire.
Covered cycle rack
There’s been a successful bid to the Eco Fund of the courier DPD. This will enable FOGS to purchase a cycle rack but additional money will be needed for delivery and installation. FOGS is negotiating with Northern about the extra funding and also about the promise to install CCTV which will help to protect cycles, plants, seating and the newly renovated station building.
Crewe line platform shelter
Over the last seven years, pupils from Goostrey Community Primary School have enhanced the waiting area on the Crewe platform with exhibitions of artwork and their efforts have been greatly appreciated. Recently Network Rail confirmed that the urgent repairs are scheduled to be completed by September 2020. The delay has been partly due to the Covid-19 lockdown but also to the need to isolate overhead line equipment while the work is carried out. FOGS members are also investigating whether free standing noticeboards for other displays can be erected as well.
Following discussions with Goostrey Parish Council, Cheshire East agreed to improve signage and install rumble strips on the carriageway leading from Twemlow to Goostrey. These have been positioned to slow traffic down as it approaches the bridge which will reduce the rail incursion risk and address some of the safety issues for people on foot. Unfortunately, nothing has been done on the other side of the bridge. Our Parish Council is still trying to get traffic lights installed together with a footpath.