Campaigning successes - The station's future secured!
with over £350,000 of inward investment.
See Sponsors Board on Community Information Board and website - numerous local businesses and service providers have assisted.
- Staff reintroduced by First North Western (initially in a portacabin!)
- New ticket office and waiting shelters by Railtrack
- Seven-camera CCTV system, improved lighting and new painting scheme by First North Western
- Road signs to station by Macclesfield Borough council
- Disabled footpath from the ticket office by Macclesfield Borough Council.
- Colour panels to bridge parapet wall by Network Rail.
- Ongoing support from Northern Rail.
- Contributions by local businesses - worth £thousands of contributions in kind
- Wind vane and automatic watering system for hanging baskets contributed by station building manufacturer.
Station Improvements funded by FOHS
- using various grants and awards, totalling over £35,000
- Community information boards on station forecourt, platforms & in village
- Cycle rack, cycle lockers and seats
- Four concrete planters on forecourt, two planters in ticket office
- Three flagpoles
- Two display boards in ticket hall
- Rotary sculpture garden, bird boxes in trees
- Two restored heritage British Railways station name boards
Rotary Sculpture Garden
- Designed by Rotary International, a landscape designer and an artist.
- An ongoing commitment to enhance and maintain their garden.
A "Platform for Art"
funded by lottery money and other awards.
- Artistic station name boards on platform and on ticket office designed by local community, local businesses, schools & an international artist
- Carved railway sleepers by Paul Noon. First series which depict:
- Later carvings are the Lacewing sculpture, including a nesting box used at certain times of the year for lacewings (aphid eating insects) to hibernate and a Woodpecker sculpture in the Rotary Club garden.
- Artistic ceramic tree name plates
- Artistic flags designed by local community and schools
- Two millennium seats on the platform
- Stainless steel millennium screen that depicts the history of Handforth, designed by an artist and the youth club.
Station Signs Project
- Handforth station signs donated by vaious UK and foreign rail operators in their respective liveries.
- Includes SNCF, Irish Railways, Metrolink, Dublin DART, Isle of Man, London Undergrund, Stratchclyde PTE