A series of public meetings are being held to discuss the ongoing improvements at Walkden train station.

The events are being held in Walkden on the 25th February and the 27th February will aim to provide local residents with an opportunity to voice their opinion, before any planning permission goes ahead.

In a letter sent out by Salford’s City Mayor Paul Dennett to nearby residents surrounding Walkden station, the need for a car park and disabled access was highlighted.

This comes after the last letter sent by the Mayor on the issue, as far back as October 2016.

The steps going up to the platform

Within the letter, Mayor Dennett went on to discuss the years of planning to provide a bid to the Department for Transports Access for all programme.

The Access for all programme was set up by the Government, to provide funding for stations in need of change.

The programme assists ‘Victorian era’ stations such as Walkden, with money to build step free access and accessible routes.

According to the Mayor, even with combined support from many local organisations, MP’s and transports authorities, their bid to the Department of Transport was declined.

As the station building is owned by the Government, no improvements can go ahead, without an agreed decision from both parties involved.

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42 steps separate the platform from the entrance of walkden Station

In partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, Salford City Council have recently developed a proposed design for a park and ride facility near the station.

The designs will show how the site, located off Chestnut avenue will hold around 107 parking spaces, including disabled bays and the potential for electric charging points.

The Public meetings will aim to allow the public to voice any concerns, or suggest ideas before any concrete planning permission is approved for the site near Walkden train station.

The first meeting on the 25th February, will be held at Worsley College between 17:00 and 20:00. The second public meeting occurring on the 27th February at Walkden Gateway between 14:00 and 18:00.

For more information on the event, you can visit the Council website here.

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