Now the building work is nearing completion at Northwich Station the rail partnership is eager to get a Friends group established there again.
This station, which has been down on its luck in recent years due to the ticket office collapse, at one time won accolades for its fragrant rose garden.
Rebecca Styles of rail operator Northern will be down at Northwich station on Wednesday the 7th February at 10am on the Manchester bound platform to give a safety briefing to potential volunteers and answer any questions about what being a station friend involves.
There are friends’ groups along the mid Cheshire line, (which runs from Chester to Manchester via Altrincham) who help brighten up platforms and surrounding areas in a number of creative ways. These include tending planters and borders, installing artwork and giving woodwork a lick of paint to name but a few.
They`re part of a wider nationwide movement called “community rail” which, as the name suggests, is about involving communities with activities centred around their railway line and local stations.
Station volunteering is a great way to get some fresh air, meet others, and give visitors by rail a great first impression of your hometown or village. And making stations warm and welcoming places also encourages greater use of trains which are one of the most planet friendly modes of transport.
If you`d like to get involved at Northwich please book a place on the safety briefing by contacting your local community rail officer on firstname.lastname@example.org