The exit stairs from Walkden station, showing the artwork installed by FoWS in May 2017.
On 10th December 2017 the first of the service enhancements promised in the Arriva Trains franchise begins ... a much enhanced Sunday service.
For the first time since Sunday services were re-introduced in 2010 trains will run into evening, with an hourly service up until 22.28 (to Manchester) and 22.29 (to Wigan), enabling many more day- and weekend-trippers to get home by train. And, during the day the service is increased from hourly to half-hourly in both directions.
Even more improvements, radically overhauling the Mon-Sat timetable, were also due in December 2017 but have been postponed until May 2018 due to waiting for second-hand trains to be freed up by operators in other parts of the country.
In May 2017, FoWS were delighted to announce the installation of Walkden station's first art scheme, a series of 10 laser-cut steel panels designed by Wigan-based artist Mark Mennell in collaboration with students at the local Salford City College. The scheme was jointly funded by Walkden and Little Hulton Community Committee , Salford City Council's Recycle and Reward scheme , and Nothern
The artwork has brought new life and interest to the previously bare walls lining the stairs to the platform, and features scenes from Walkden's railway and industrial heritage, local wildlife, destinations serviced by the station's trains.
The project has been short-listed in the Station Art Scheme - Permanent Projects category in the 2017 ACoRP Awards.
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