Barbara joined the campaigning group Friends of Walkden Station and large numbers of local people at a Gala Event to welcome the start of the new Sunday Service through Walkden on the Atherton line on Sunday May 23rd.
The Mayor of Salford, Councillor George Wilson, cut the ribbon to mark return of the Sunday train service and also cut a celebratory cake at the Gala event. Many hundreds of local people welcomed the train service coming and going through the station, the first trains to run on Sundays on the line for 45 years.
The Chair of Friends of Walkden Station, Peter Aust welcomed the support from elected representatives who had put pressure on ministers and the Transport Authority to fund the new service.
“I want to pay tribute to the Friends of Walkden Station group, both for their staunch campaign for Sunday Services at Walkden and for the wonderful gala event they ran to welcome the start of the new service. The station looked great on Sunday with the new flower beds planted by volunteers and a fabulous balloon display donated by a local company.
“I was glad to be able to help bring about the new Sunday service through getting meetings with the Rail Minister and senior staff of Northern Rail and putting pressure on the Transport Authority to support the service. Now that we have the new service it is important that people know about it so that it becomes well used. I also hope that we can plan for a more frequent service in future and other improvements at the station such as lowering the gap between the trains and the platform."
Barbara with Cllr Keith Whitmore (Chair, GMITA), The Mayor and Mayoress of Salford, Peter Aust Chair of Friends of Walkden Station, Mark Barker of Norther Rail and the Toastmaster