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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.