CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Friends of St. Anne’s Stations Update

Tony Ford, Chair of the Friends of St. Anne’s Stations has sent out a new year’s update about the group.

The group now have a secure wall cupboard within our storage room and a newly plumbed in tap and fittings. Northern’s Station Manager Mick, will be meeting with Carillion, the maintenance company, later this month about issues at the station including water accumulation at the front of the building, repairs to car park surface, replacement guttering etc. etc.

The South Fylde Line Community Rail Partnership (SFLCRP) held a schools session working with Heyhouses School last week – the photo says it all. This is an education programme which is designed to educate children about the railway including safety on and around the railway, learning how to read timetables, sustainability and is lined to the Key Stage 2 curriculum. It also introduces these ‘passengers of the future’ to rail travel and through Community Rail Lancashire’s Passport to Safe Travel encourages children to take their parents on the train.

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On this occasion this group went to Preston station by train – spent time in the new education centre created there and then returned. The school want to be involved at the station so the group are looking at ways they can involve small groups of the children in some of the activities. More to follow on this.

More information about Community Rail Lancashire’s Schools Engagement Programme can be seen on the website at:   


Some of recently planted bulbs are staring to poke through – see if you can spot them in this photo sent to me by one of the volunteers.

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As the weeks progress we should see much more evidence our work. We have a new volunteer and are hoping that he will form the basis on which to build a Squires Gate group – in addition to the two councillors from South Shore who have shown an interest. 

Some repair work has been carried out on one of the gates recently and perhaps on the group are looking to have a spring clean on a fine day in late Feb/early March.