Walkden Station have missed out on another funding opportunity despite being Salford’s busiest station.
Recent revelations on the proposed Park and Ride project has identified the necessary finance to deliver the scheme.
Recently sent letter to residents in Walkden informing them of the progress we’re making with park & ride at Walkden Station, despite national government not funding step free access, which we’ll need to continue to lobby for. Events are being held on 25th & 27th this month👇🏻👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/iDhvPbmmF6
— SalfordMayor (@salford_mayor) February 24, 2020
Finally, Salford City Council and TfGM have confirmed and are in the midst of developing a proposed design for the site.
In addition, City Mayor, Paul Dennet has informed the community that feedback on the development should be received at Springtime.
Prior to this, Paul Dennet promised improvements to Walkden Station back in 2016.
Hoping to improve the station with disabled access and the “desperate need” for a car park.
However, a rejected funding application halted the procedure, he said: “This was major blow to the project.
“And is the reason for the lack of any visible progress to date.
“The situation is a disgrace.
“We should not have to fight for step free access for our train stations. it should be a standard across our City.”
@transportgovuk Could you please explain why you have turned down a bid from Salford City Council for funding to revamp Walkden Station? Access for the disabled is non-existant, and parking is difficult.
— Dave Smith (@whollydavesmith) February 26, 2020
Reportedly, the Park and Ride initiative would aim to alleviate congestion and parking problems in the surrounding area.
An update had shown that Gov.co.uk announced to citizens that Rail Stations would receive a £20 million funding boost.
Although Transport for Greater Manchester listed Walkden Train Station as a “top priority”.
The website revealed that the Station would not receive funding.
As a result, locals were less than amused.
Councillor Richard Critchely described the situation as “totally unacceptable.”
Furthermore, the City Mayor continued: ” Although I am really that disappointed Walkden Station wasn’t chosen
“I am very pleased that we have been able to make progress in bringing this project forward.”
As well as focusing on the Park and Ride proposal, local Councillors are also turning their attention to road safety and traffic calming measures.