Adoption of Central Station

Rotary St Helens approached Northern asking whether they could adopt Central Station. Northern agreed as they are always seeking for community groups to adopt their stations to help them to become a community station.


 Adoption of Central Station

Rotary St Helens approached Northern asking whether they could adopt Central Station. Northern agreed as they are always seeking for community groups to adopt their stations to help them to become a community station. This week Rotary St Helens and Northern have installed two banners to show their community partnership. Some of the project Rotary St Helens is seeking to deliver over the next few years include;
Sponsored Planters – Allowing the community or business to sponsor a planter thereby bringing colour back to the station making each platform an area of beauty and relaxation thereby supporting the community wellbeing
Large waiting room - Seeking sponsorship / funding to Install display boards so students of local schools can display their artistic talents.
Small waiting room - To have it as a heritage room telling the story how Central Station came in to being.
Foyer Main entrance - Seeking sponsorship / funding to commission an art project to celebrate Saints 150 Years, Rotary 100 years the history of the station and the Heritage of the Borough
Former Coffee Shop first floor – Seeking sponsorship / funding to refurbish the former coffee shop in to a community hub where local community groups could meet at no cost.
In addition Central Station will form part of the Heritage Trail around St Helens in the New Year.
Brief history of St Helens Central provided by Allan Moore author, St Helens Historical Society. The station began its life in the 1870’s along Shaw Street and was the 4th station names St Helens. It was part of the St Helens Runcorn Gap Railway with a link to St Helens Junction, and in 1876 with a line to Huyton and Liverpool. It has 2 main lines and 2 bays. It remained St Helens Shaw Street in 1949. It had a large canopies which indicated its importance to the railway. It also had a goods area to the north of the station.
In 1965 it had an attempt to attract more passengers with better facilities with £80,000 being spent to refurbish the station. Around this time goods traffic was getting less, the bays and avoiding lines were removed to allow the main lines to be kept clear. It was remained St Helens Central Station in 1971. In 2007 a complete reformation of the station took place at a cost of £60,000 and that is now the present state of the station.
Simon Abbott, Regional Community and Sustainability Manger at Northern stated “Northern manage more than 500 stations across the North of England, with volunteer groups at 372 of them, all doing fabulous work within their communities.

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