The Friends of Glossop Station were delighted to complete the installation of the final five heritage information boards on the Glossop Line at Broadbottom, Godley, Newton for Hyde, Flowery Field and Guide Bridge stations. The boards had been in store for many months awaiting Covid restrictions to lift to allow installation permissions to go ahead. The boards were expertly installed at each station by Rick Hall with assistance from Neil Williams.
The first stage of this project took place in 2018 when the Department for Transport’s Kulvinder Bassi formally launched the first three boards at Glossop, Dinting and Hadfield stations. Since then, friends groups and interested individuals have helped create the content for boards at the nine other stations on the route. Whilst primarily celebrating the history of each station the boards also provide information on local amenities.
The board contents were designed by Anne Michaelides at Nature Sign Design. Funding for the boards came from High Peak and Hope Valley and South East Manchester community rail partnerships, with installation costs covered by Transport for Greater Manchester and Northern.
Friends of Glossop Station’s Neil Williams commented: ” This has been the most complex project that we have organised, but we feel very proud that all the twelve stations on the Glossop Line now have a generic yet individual heritage information board.”
High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership community rail officer, Helen Wright said: ” These panels provide rail passengers with a unique insight into their own community history. This is a fantastic way to connect local communities to their local train stations and to encourage more train travel.”
It is hoped there will be a formal launch at one of the five stations in early Spring 2022.