For many years Squires Gate Station has been out of the limelight and the poor relation since the demise of Blackpool International Airport and Pontin’s Holiday Centre but more importantly in terms of investment and development.
Written by: Barrie - Friends of Squires Gate Station (in partnership with Friends of St Anne’s on the Sea Station)
However the Friends of St Anne’s and Squires Gate Stations have worked hard to turn it around and change the way it looks and to make it more attractive to visitors, commuters and holidaymakers.
It has required investment by St Anne’s Town Council, Community Rail, Northern and Network Rail but more importantly the Community Volunteers.
To fill the containers we had to choose plants which we felt would be able to tolerate the dry, windy, salty atmosphere of the sandy surroundings. Unfortunately the station does not have a water supply so bottled water has to be man-handled on to the platform quite frequently. However, volunteers rallied round to refill the planters and subsequently water them in order to provide what rail users currently enjoy at the station.
The Friends group, although embryonic, is growing and a leaflet drop is planned for local properties in order to increase the level of community involvement.
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Squires Gate Station
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