Liam Sumpter and Vicky Cropper do the honours…

 

Local schools’ art work is already on display

Almost a year to the day after the project was first conceived, the new noticeboard and plaque celebrating 150 years of the railway at Chinley station was unveiled on the afternoon of the 16th January 2018 at Chinley station by Liam Sumpter, Northern’s Regional Director and Vicky Cropper, Northern’s Regional Community & Sustainability Manager.

Carol Evans, Chair of the Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group welcomed Liam to the station and spoke of the station’s former days when passenger facilities and services were much more comprehensive; Carol spoke of the station’s continuing importance in 2018, and of the need for major improvements. Liam stressed how much Northern valued the work of station groups, and praised the enthusiasm and hard work of the CBTG not only as regards the Chinley 150 project, but also for its efforts to obtain step-free access to the station.

All were delighted with the artwork on the theme of ‘Chinley 150’ provided by students from local schools – contributions from Peak School, Chinley Primary School and Buxworth Primary school are already on display, and other students’ work will follow. The noticeboard and plaque was designed, manufactured and installed by local Dove Holes firm Leander Architectural and many people commented on the excellent job done by this specialist company.

It was great to see such a broad spectrum of support for the event. As well as local supporters, Parish, Borough and County Councillors were present alongside representatives from Network Rail, the Community Rail Partnership, Northern, a number of local station groups, the Railfuture organisation, and local Press. Chinley’s ‘Tea on the Green’ provided a warm, convivial venue and refreshments for everyone after the ceremony.