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Campaigning successes - The station's future secured!
with over £350,000 of inward investment.

  • 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
See Sponsors Board on Community Information Board and website - numerous local businesses and service providers have assisted.
  • 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:
    • Hawk
    • Adder
    • Newt
    • Duck
    • Fox
    • Owl
    • Rabbit
    • Toad
    • Hedgehog
  • 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