Rail campaigners relaunch Slaithwaite station group

Volunteers sought to help promote village's 'link to the world'

Victoria Minton and Maria Nalty of the Friends of Slaithwaite Station publicise relaunch.

A Colne Valley station support group set up to blow the horn for their community is to relaunch at a meeting today (Sat May 10).

Friends of Slaithwaite Station (FOSLS) are looking for new members.

The relaunch meeting takes place at The Wharfeside in Carr Lane at 7.30pm.

Existing members Victoria Minton and Maria Nalty took to the platform to talk to commuters about the voluntary group, which was launched several years ago to promote the station as a safe and pleasant place for train users.

They hope that it will regenerate interest in the station, which was re-opened in 1982 after being closed under the far-reaching Beeching Axe in 1968.

Amongst their achievements to date include organising 30th birthday celebrations at the site in 2012 and involving young people from the area to create a new bench.

Victoria said: “We are a group of local people who feel that we were particularly lucky to live here and to have a train station connecting our village with, literally, the world.

“The station gives us access to work, cultural activities and sport and encourages visitors to the village.

Friends of Slaithwaite Station logo.
 

“We created the group to see whether we could make the station a more pleasant and safer place for rail users, to encourage more people to use the trains and to welcome everyone who visits Slaithwaite.

“We’d like to invite everyone, whether a frequent or occasional rail traveller, to bring ideas on how the station can be enhanced and how FOSLS can be supported in the future.

“Any ideas new campaigns to make the station a better place to be will also be welcome.”

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