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Ainsdale Railway Station
Some years ago the members of the Ainsdale Civic Society decided that our local station
needed to be brightened up and so they decided that some flower troughs would looks
rather nice. The first troughs were made and donated by Mr Grayson of Grayson’s
Bakery and thanks to sponsorship from Pontin’s, six troughs were put on the platforms.
Several years later the troughs were looking rather tired and so Howards DIY made
some new troughs from old railway sleepers. Again, Pontin’s were kind enough to offer
some financial help.
Last year we were approached by Sally Ralston, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
for Merseyrail, who asked us if we would like to join their Railway Adoption scheme
and look after the station. We consulted our members and they all agreed that, yes,
we would, because the station is the first thing that many visitors see when they
arrive in our lovely village.
We asked our volunteers what they would like to see at the station and, as a result,
we have now placed extra planters on the station and these plus the existing troughs
were recently planted up with new flowers by the staff of the Botanic Gardens.
We also though it would be nice to have a small lending library for passengers. Merseyrail
have had some bookcases constructed and they have been placed in the waiting rooms.
The books may be borrowed and returned, or they may be kept, or passed on to someone
else. Users may also donate books for others to read if they wish, and many books
have been donated by the local Lions Charity Shop. There are no charges involved,
this is a free service– we just hope that passengers like the idea.
We have also approached our local schools to ask the children to make some artwork
which Merseyrail will frame up and these will also be placed in the waiting rooms
to enhance them. We have already received some wonderful photography from the pupils
of Kings Meadow School which we will definitely be using.
Ainsdale Civic Society ‘Adopts’ Ainsdale Station!
Tuesday 2nd August 2011 saw the formal adoption of Ainsdale Railway Station by the
Ainsdale Civic Society. Some of our volunteers were joined by guests from MerseyRail,
Merseytravel, Pontin’s and Sefton MB Council, when a plaque acknowledging the adoption
was unveiled by Sally Ralston of Merseyrail.
Julie Henderson from Pontin’s, together with Bluecoat Nigel, presented the Society
with a cheque for £500 to go towards the maintenance costs of the undertaking.
Civic Society Chairman Tony Brough said that although we have been looking after
the station flower troughs for many years, it was good to have the work formally
recognised. Ainsdale is a good place to be and whilst it is not the usual task undertaken
by the Society, we were pleased to make sure that visitors’ first impression of our
Village is a good one.
The Society has a small lending library in the waiting rooms with a selection of
books for commuters to borrow or to keep if they wish. This has proved to be very
popular, and we are pleased that many commuters appear to be donating books as well
as borrowing them.
Local schools have provided us with artwork and photographs to decorate the waiting
rooms and the platforms. We hope to have these in place very soon.
Artworks At Ainsdale Station!
Passengers at Ainsdale Railway Station will have seen the two banners placed on the
platforms to brighten the station. These show artwork and photographs which were
done by pupils from our local schools.
There is a third banner which is at the moment located at Central Station in Liverpool
and will remain there until the station closes, it will then be relocated in Ainsdale.
On Thursday 29th March 2012 children from Kings Meadow, Shoreside and St John’s Schools
visited the station to see the banners for themselves. They were greeted by members
of the Civic Society who thanked them for their great pictures and told them how
much the passengers enjoyed looking at their work and how these banners have brightened
the day and many left the station on their way to work.
Some of the photographs shown on the banners will be framed and placed in the waiting
rooms to further enhance our railway station.
History of Ainsdale Railway Station - from Wikipedia
Ainsdale opened in 1848 as an intermediate station on the Liverpool, Crosby and Southport
Railway. In 1904 it became part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, which took
over from the LCSR. The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway amalgamated with the London
and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922 and in turn was Grouped into the London,
Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. Nationalisation followed in 1948 and in 1978
the station became part of the Merseyrail Network's Northern Line (operated by British
Rail until privatised in 1995).
Ainsdale station now has electronic real-time passenger information screens which
were installed in August 2009 at a cost of £50,000, however they differ from those
found on other Merseyrail station platforms. The station itself has benefited from
£100,000 of improvements, both platforms have had their waiting shelters refurbished,
which have new lighting, heating, floor tiles and seating.
New secure cycle storage facilities were installed at the station in July 2010.
Artworks At Ainsdale Station! Update May 2012
Passengers at Ainsdale Railway Station will find their wait a bit more relaxing with
the addition of some beautiful photographs showing the flora and fauna of Ainsdale
which now adorn the waiting rooms at the station. These are part of Ainsdale Civic
Society’s plans for enhancing Ainsdale Station. The photographs were submitted by
children from Kings Meadow Primary School and framed and mounted by Merseyrail.
These together with the Children’s Bannera, the flower troughs adorning the platforms
and the small lending library in the waiting rooms will hopefully make a wonderful
first impression on visitors to Ainsdale.
Tony Brough, the Society’s Chairman said “We are delighted that the local schools
have joined us in our efforts to make Ainsdale an even nicer place to visit and to
make the wait for trains a more pleasant experience.”
Ainsdale Railway Station
Many of our readers will know that Ainsdale Station has been chosen to have a complete
upgrade and refurbishment. This was due to happen during 2016 but because many residents
asked Merseyrail to make a few changes to their original plans, it has been deferred
until 2017. Merseyrail say “The project is currently being developed through the
Network Rail detailed design process. The project is also being upgraded with the
view to obtaining CEEQUAL “Excellent” rating (environmental standard). There is also
ongoing collaboration with Merseyside Police on the area proposed to house a local
community police office.”
Merseyrail plan to host a further presentation to the local community later in the
year. We will keep you updated. In the meantime, computer generated images give
an idea as to how the station will look following its upgrade.