Nelson honoured in Railway Station of Year contest

Station inprovement volunteers are presented with their award at Nelson Train Station.'Photo Ben Parsons
Station inprovement volunteers are presented with their award at Nelson Train Station.'Photo Ben Parsons

Nelson’s historic railway station has been given a special award thanks to volunteers who keep it in great condition.

The station was first in operation in 1849 when it was run by the East Lancashire Railway. It then became Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway; London, Midland and Scottish Railway and British Railways, but is now used by Northern Rail.

And its huge spectacular arched glass roof has been protected. It was decided it should stay. Improvements were made when the railway station was joined by the bus station and they jointly became Nelson Bus/Rail Interchange in 2008.

Work is carried out by the volunteers who are Friends of Pendle Stations. There are six regular members and they spend around three hours a week at Nelson – on Tuesday evenings. They also work on Thursday mornings on Brierfield Station.

They have cleaned up the whole area, provided flowers on the rail platform to make it lovely and painted the subway which leads to the platform from the bus station.

And now they have been given a highly commended Station of the Year 2013 award by Community Rail Lancashire.

Secretary Mr Walter Stafford said: “We are very pleased to get the award. We would like some young people joining us.

“Just recently, Nelson in Bloom started up and we want to be part of that, too.”

And Mr Brian Haworth, Community Rail Development Officer, came along on Thursday last week to present them with their prize. He said: “We are very pleased that they have made a huge difference to the station. The travelling people appreciate the things they have done.”