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More News from Willaston's Hadlow Road Station

Author: Chris Hampshire Published: 11th September 2017 08:40

The Friends of Hadlow Road Station in Willaston have continued with their ambitious plans to bring the popular visitor attraction back to its former glory.  Here, Chairman Chris Hampshire updates us on recent progress and events.

The pop-up cafe opening on 27th August exceeded all expectations with even more customers than usual. A huge success that left all the café volunteers exhausted on a very warm day! The pop-up cafe will be open from 10:30 to 13:30 on Sunday 24th September, 15th and 29th October and 26th November. Meanwhile we have contacted Santa, and he is looking forward to seeing all the children in the signal box grotto at Hadlow Road Station on Sunday 10th December. This is a very popular event, so keep a look out next month for when the limited number of tickets go on sale.

Work on and around the far (South) platform has been undertaken in the last few weeks with a massive clearance of vegetation that has accumulated since 1972, and a few trees have been removed. More work is yet to be done in the next few weeks to grass the cleared area whilst planting that attracts and supports wildlife will be undertaken in Spring, 2018. This platform re-instatement work has been supported by a £5,000 Tesco Bags of Help grant; so many thanks to those who supported us by voting at your local Tesco store.

In addition, this platform re-instatement work was supported by a £2,000 grant from People's Postcode lottery.
A further grant of £9,950 has been confirmed by the National Lottery Awards for All which will enable us to commence re-instatement of east section of the of the main (North) platform as well as connecting the signal to the signal box for operation. 

Hadlow Road Station, K6 telephone boxThe K6 telephone kiosk, ready to be reinstalled at the station.

The K6 telephone kiosk has now been refurbished and will be refitted at the station on 3rd October,  with a new concrete plinth laid ready for its' return. In addition, new white lines have been painted on the main platform edge, and the final painting of the level crossing gates and metal supports continues. Hopefully all will be completed by next month, when the station should look immaculate once again.

Chris Hampshire

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