Network Rail has recently completed two projects at Stalybridge railway station which together represent an investment of nearly £500,000.
The back room of the station buffet bar has been fully refurbished and now has numerous posters, prints, mirrors and pieces of railway memorabilia, including ladies room and waiting room signs.
Lord Pendry of Stalybridge, who often uses the buffet bar and contributed over half of the £6,000 costs, unveiled a plaque to mark the refurbishment.
Speaking at the unveiling, he said that contrary to popular belief, he hadn’t been using the buffet since the station opened in 1845.
Patrick Cawley, Network Rail’s route building engineer, said:
“We have committed a considerable amount of money to Stalybridge station in recent years and there is yet more to come.
“Yet our funds are limited so we are grateful for Lord Pendry’s contributions to the current and previous work in the buffet bar.
“Working on a scheme like this is always a pleasure because the end results show what can be achieved with a little imagination, and you know that your efforts will be appreciated by everyone who uses the station.”
On the platform outside, Network Rail has also recently finished a complete refurbishment of the station canopy.