CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

CRL Visit To Ellesmere Port

Just over a year ago Sally Buttifant, CRP officer with the Mid Cheshire Line CRP, visited the Community Rail Lancashire office in Accrington to look at how the educational facility was set up and run with a view to creating something similar in disused buildings at Ellesmere Port Station.

The station building from the footbridge

Wednesday 18th October 2017 saw Brian Haworth making a return visit to se how the project had worked out. The Gothic style rough-hewn stone station building deserves its grade two listing. Opened as Whitby Locks in 1863 the station received its present name in 1870.

Brian and Sally outside the new facility

The facility which is on two levels which consists of an education room with toilet and brewing area floors on the ground level and a second floor area with kitchen, toilets and two offices. The whole facility has been renovated to a good standard including re-wiring, re-plumbing and decoration throughout.

The schools that have used the facility have found the setting and facilities excellent and we are sure that many more schools will take advantage of this wonderful building.