Action station

Work to improve Kirkham and Wesham station. From left: Alan Clayton, chairman of the Wesham Community Pride Trust, Fylde Mayor and Kirkham councillor Liz Oades, Linda and Richard Nulty of Wesham Community Pride Trust and John Fisher of Kirkham in Bloom.
Work to improve Kirkham and Wesham station. From left: Alan Clayton, chairman of the Wesham Community Pride Trust, Fylde Mayor and Kirkham councillor Liz Oades, Linda and Richard Nulty of Wesham Community Pride Trust and John Fisher of Kirkham in Bloom.

Volunteers have turned ‘shame’ into pride at busy Kirkham and Wesham train station where much needed refurbishment work has been carried out.

Members of both Kirkham in Bloom and Wesham Community Pride Trust have helped revamp the station.

Kirkham councillor Liz Oades admitted: “We were quite ashamed with the station and it was the first view of people going through and arriving and it was a very poor view.”

She said the volunteers had made the place look much brighter with hayricks and hanging baskets, for example.

Network Rail has stepped in with a refurbishment of the stairs from the ticket office down to the platform.

A spokesman said: “It was a £290,000 project for which they designed a completely new canopy and side walls to the stairs. This eliminated the previous problems of water leaks when it rained and the dingy feel because of the lack of natural light.

“We also improved the drainage because there had previously been a problem with rainwater forming puddles on the platform. The brickwork to the stairs was repaired and the stairs themselves were covered in non-slip glass reinforced plastic treads.”

Coun Oades said the next priorities were having a lift for disabled folk and people with pushchairs, and parking.