Now to join the parade of natural vistas at the station two new planters were built with the cooperation and efforts of the Community Rail Lancashire, Ark Plastics LTD and the Friends of St Annes on Sea Station community volunteers.
These planters are a step forward to organising a 'Friends of Squires Gate Station' in anticipation volunteers will come forward to form what would be the last of all the South Fylde Stations 'Friends' for this line.
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Later in the week the community rail volunteers will return to build-up these boxes with top soil with the prospect of a few flowers / plants to help start them off. Tate - Tate bulbs already bedded in with Crocus bulbs set to perform next year also.
Like the Northern trains, the maintenance and works just don't stop here. All year round the station needs the 'TLC' and helpers to complete such.
Once Stony Hill Railway Station
From 1885 and 1872 originally called Stony Hill Railway Station served the area when once the line only ran from Lytham to Blackpool Waterloo Rd.
Once this line was connected the present station opened 14th September 1931 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway.
Now only a single track the line halts at Blackpool South Station at Waterloo Rd nr Aldi and served by a train per hour-ish stops at six other stations along the run to Kirkham & Wesham Station that joins the Blackpool North line on to Preston.
A busy station for it's type and expected to become busier with the prospect of investment on the Blackpool Airport area, a government enterprise zone.
The Future of the South Fylde Line
If you love your trams there is a campaign to convert the line to light rail / trams that connect to the Blackpool tram system near the Pleasure Beach. However this is in it's infancy - positive steps are moving in this direction as it is recognised the line does need better transport links especially with the projected growth of the area.
Installing a tram system is not without it's expected issues in relation to links for the main railway lines out of the area, funding and running the system on to the promenade, so for now for the next generation at least, trains will continue to serve this section.
It can not be ignored the line is very busy and larger capacity trains will start to run a better service than of late as the old Pacer Trains BR class 142's will be removed off the network by the end of 2018.
In 2008 The South Fylde Line was identified as a secondary branch line within Network Rail’s cross-Pennine, Yorks and Humber and north west strategic route plan.
Part of the improvements was to reduce to burden of cost to the tax payer on funding this section. Improvements to ticketing and revenue, trains, stations and access was identified.
Develop with partners a Marketing Plan for the line with a permanent goal in mind.
The line to watch dare I say?