Cope, Project Manager of Nantwich Now, told me: "The Railway Station project
will see much greater improvements over the next three months."
listed the work to be done as:
"THE old station building will be vastly improved and we will be
painting the station side. The owner of the
Bengal Station tandoori restaurant,
Mr Sharaf Ahmed, is fully refurbishing his restaurant and
tidying up the area generally. He has been a tremendous help on
the project and his co-operation has been exceptionally helpful.
(The restaurant was called Natraj by May 2008 - see picture
new cycle racks will be secured on the platform on the Crewe
line (the one on the left in the picture).
NEW side gate will be built to replace the existing rotten one
next to the restaurant.
walls will be cleaned on the main platform side.
paintwork on the shelters and lampposts will be redone and the
colour scheme modified to reflect Nantwich more effectively.
That is, a black and white theme with elements of the Arriva
branding still retained.
which highlight the station history and views of Nantwich as a
means of encouraging more tourism.
of a Station Feasibility Study. This will be used as evidence of
necessary improvements that need to be carried out. We will use
this to secure (hopefully) additional funds for the station."
And that is not all.
There are longer term plans:
Beverley told me: "Network Rail have confirmed that they have
set aside money for improvements generally to the site. That is,
to those areas we cannot touch for Health and Safety reasons,
such as the footbridge and railings. We are awaiting a date when
this work will start.
to the ‘car park’ area: It is the intention to pursue major
improvement to the land alongside the station, which is mainly
owned by Network Rail, with the aim of a converting it into a
vastly improved car park area."
Finally, Beverly said: "The station project has been done in
conjunction with Cllr John Lewis (of Nantwich Town Council),
Nantwich in Bloom, Arriva, Cheshire County Council, Nantwich
Town Council, and Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council with the
assistance of the Bengal Station restaurant.
are all very proud of the progress we are making with this
project as it has taken some time to come to fruition and has
involved a lot of negotiation with a large range of people."
WELL DONE, to everyone concerned.
You should be very proud of all that has been achieved. As if
the above list isn't enough, Nantwich Now has been involved in
the new footbridge in the riverside (see here).
The railway station as seen from the footbridge in Wellington
Road over the lines, looking towards Crewe.