STATION WORK COMPLETED IN TIME FOR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
refurbishment project at Newton-le-Willows station has been
completed ahead of celebrations today to mark the 180th anniversary
of the arrival of the railway in the town.
Jo Kaye, Network Rail route director, said:- “Years of dirt
and grime have been removed and the way we have lit the building
shows it off to best advantage. It looks quite stunning.”
Network Rail and its contractor J Murphy & Sons started work in
February by erecting scaffolding around the main station building
before installing a tent system to allow them to re-roof the
building in all weathers. The roof was completely stripped and
replaced using new Welsh slates.
The brick façade of the Georgian building, which is believed to have
opened c1830, has been cleaned and re-pointed using lime mortar. The
brick and stonework has been repaired where necessary and all
gutters and rain water pipes have been renewed.
All the glazing has been replaced in the windows and the station now
boasts architectural lighting to show off its main features.
Inside the station buildings, removal of the old plaster revealed
damage to various walls and ceilings caused by water seeping through
the roof, as well as rot in the timber mouldings. All this has been
dealt with and the rooms redecorated.
A new gas boiler was installed to provide heating and hot water and
the boundary wall on the Manchester bound platform has been
demolished and rebuilt, using reclaimed bricks.
Various events took place on 15 September 2010 to mark the opening
of the Liverpool to Manchester railway, including a plaque unveiling
at Newton-le-Willows station.
WITNESSES TO AGGRAVATED BURGLARIES - PLANETREE ROAD, PAGE MOSS
9.40pm on Saturday, 11 September 2010, four offenders forced their
way through the front door of a flat in to the home of a 50 year old
The offenders, who were armed with knives and hammers, threatened
the victim and then searched the house before escaping with a brown
Microsoft Workpad, a wallet and a moneybox containing a small amount
of cash. The victim was not injured during the incident, but was
distressed by his ordeal. Within minutes the offenders then entered
a second address nearby. The 22 year old woman who lives at this
flat had gone to the shops nearby and as she left she noticed four
men. A short time later she returned home and the four men were
inside. One of the offenders, who was armed with a hammer, hit the
victim on the arm with the weapon and then stole a twisted yellow,
gold bracelet. The victim did not need hospital treatment to her
arm, but she was left distressed by her ordeal. Crime Scene
Investigators have attended at both flats to carry out forensic
examinations and house-to-house inquiries are underway. The
offenders are all described as white and were wearing black clothing
with hoods and scarves to disguise their faces.
DC Tony Read, said:- "This was a very distressing experience
for both of the victims involved and we want to catch these
offenders, but we need your help to do that. If you saw anyone
acting suspiciously in the area of Planetree Road between 9pm and
10pm on Saturday, 11 September, then please let us know.
Unscrupulous people who prey on their victims in the very place
where they should feel the safest, their own homes, should not be
protected or tolerated in their communities. Help us to find the
people responsible and put them before the courts."
Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information in
relation to these incidents to contact them on:- 0151 777 4809, or
Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.