Reader's Letter: Alderley Edge Railway Station....what a disgrace to the village!

After recently moving into the area my wife and I took the opportunity to travel to Manchester by train from Alderley Station. Initially impressed with the £3 parking for the day and a £1 refund on our tickets, but as soon as we walked through the gate onto the station we were appalled that Cheshire's premier village has a station that looked like a slum.

Peeling paintwork, weeds everywhere including on the bridge, overgrown and unkept flower tubs, litter. The list can go on.... What's happening at our station, do we need to ask Network Rail, is it being left to fall down, close and decommission the line or what?

Would love the new local councillors to continue their flower tubs effort on the high street, down onto the station concourse and the station itself.

Can they put pressure on the relevant people to tidy the place up and maintain it?

I'm sure other Cheshire villages take a little pride in their main transport connection and volunteer to look after their own stations (Chelford) and I think their must be a "Best kept station award" somewhere we could motivate the village to win

The village doesn't appear to be short of a few bob, so when the visitors to our shops, bars and restaurants roll off the trains at the weekends, let's ask them to contribute to try and do something about giving them a fantastic first impression of Alderley Edge.

Reader's Letter


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Malcolm Gatley
Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 2:57 pm
Is this appalling station the responsibilty of Network Rail or our (new) Parish Council?
I certainly agree that the station gives an appalling first impression of our so-called wealthy village
Christopher Horne
Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 3:11 pm
Neither Malcolm - try Northern Rail
Guy Johnston
Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 3:15 pm
It is run by Northern Rail,
Fenton Simpson
Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 3:18 pm
It's neither the parish council or network rail. The operator of the station is Northern rail. Incidentally their rail francise is up for revue next year so they are not probably intrested in making anything look pretty...

But a friends of the station could make a difference like at handsforth.

I pay £1800 a year to travel via the train to Manchester, it's a shocking service for the money but I'd rather have a nice station to wait on.

Any one interested in forming a friends of Alderley edge station ?
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 3:34 pm
Just don't ruin the original architecture of the station please. From one who can remember the fare rise to Wilmslow from 5d to 6d and an ex-LNWR
0-8-0 SuperD shunting in the goods yard. Happy days.
Irene Hulme
Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 4:37 pm
I emailed Northern Rail a few months ago to complain about the lack of maintenance and in particular about the loose fabric of the steps. They did sweep up and repair the damaged steps but I've never seen such a poor quality repair; doubtless it will be just as bad again very soon. I'm a 'Friend of Heaton Chapel Station' (my home station) and recommend Alderley residents to set up a similar scheme; Heaton Chapel is now very smart, clean and tidy. Perhaps if everyone emailed Station Manager 'Julie' (email address on a poster on the station) as I did, you might get results.
Stephen Justice
Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 7:32 pm
If Northern Rail provided a means of buying a ticket at Alderley Edge maybe they could paint the dilapidated station...

Rather than "apprehending" people like me who once received a "pardon" for not paying a fare to Poynton.

Northern Rail loses huge sums from local people who simply haven't any way to pay these incompetent business people.

And by the way - a few friend and I reckon we could sort out the station appearance over a weekend - for a fee...
Andy Gildon
Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 9:04 pm
As a volunteer at a station on the same line, I'd say the answer is to roll up your sleeves and do something. Volunteers have made a huge difference throughout Cheshire. Northern Rail are supportive and working at your local station is productive and rewarding. It doesn't matter how much or how little time anyone can contribute, everything helps to make things better for station users.
John Clegg
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 12:52 pm
It's pathetic and symptomatic of how Big Business plc is now expecting the general paying public - you and me - to subsidize their businesses - i.e. inflate their profits. It's bad enough that companies have resorted more and more to letting the taxpayer - er, you and me - to top-up the income of their employees because they wouldn't be otherwise able to "compete" on some ephemeral "international market". Now they can't be bothered maintaining their assets, which aren't generally used by their highly-paid execs - so what's in it for them? - even tho' the taxpayer - hello! you and me again - are subsidizing the supposedly-independent train companies with greater sums than the unviable BR sucked in.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 5:55 pm
Why not become Station Adopters?

Look no further than Handforth to see what can be achieved.
Louise Emery
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 8:00 pm
I would be more than happy to help bring back the beauty to the station. Having spent 3yrs commuting from there I can agree with many that a prettier station is doesn't give newcomers a good first impression! How do we sort out helpers?
Fenton Simpson
Friday 4th September 2015 at 7:15 pm
Hi Louise

Watch this space ! A few people are interested in forming a group to improve the station.
Graham McLelland
Wednesday 30th September 2015 at 7:47 am
There is a black "wheelie bin"at the entrance to the station car park,it has been there for nearly 2 months .It is now full to over flowing and begining to smell.Can this be seen yo please??
Jonathan Savill
Wednesday 30th September 2015 at 12:52 pm
A means of buying a ticket would be a start.

That way train conductors and station staff at the destination could avoid robotically trotting out "you need to be buying a ticket before you board the train", and I could avoid my smiley but sarcastic retort "well you need to open up your ticket office up occasionally or install a ticket machine then don't you [name on name badge]"