BURY STATION CANOPY APPEAL
The final piece of the jigsaw for Bury Station is now in within our grasp. The platform two canopy project will complete the station and give the ELR another covered platform area. Platform 3 and 4's canopy was completed a few years ago and now is the time to complete the job on platform two.
August 2014 - August 2015
East Lancashire Railway Holdings Company Limited
The canopy will solve an increasing problem at Bury - the weather! Platform 2 is the main departure platform for our Dining with Distinction trains and so we need to be able to provide a covered area for our guests to wait.
The Platform 2 canopy project is one of the final pieces needed to create a more customer friendly environment at our Bury Station.
It will also help the Trackside's indoor seating area is only small so an additional seating area is also provided outside on the platform. However during inclement weather this can be an experience largely for the more hardy. The new canopy will provide a far more pleasant covered seating area that can be both lit and heated.
To restore the Oldham mumps canopy and reconstruct is on platform two of Bury Station.
Activities» From the first initial appeal to save the canopy from Oldham, various fundraising efforts have contributed around £22,000 so work can start in earnest
To make sure the canopy is in place for next summer we need the additional funds to ensure our canopy has a roof ! Whilst we estimate the total project to cost around £95,000.
The provision of a platform 2 canopy has become increasingly needed in recent years due to the continued growth of the East Lancashire Railway and the popularity of The Trackside real ale pub. Currently the inside seating area of The Trackside is only small so an additional seating area is also provided outside on the platform. However during inclement weather this can be an experience largely for the more hardy. The new canopy will provide a far more pleasant covered seating area.
The project has been gathering momentum and now there is sufficient support for the canopy to be completed. The main risk associated with not installing a canopy is the loss of custom during our winter months as well our dining train customers potentially having a bad experience when visiting.
We have a robust donor management programme in place to keep donors updated through our website and e-newsletters.
Budget - Project Cost: £91,300Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £5,000 Design Develop design & drawings £10,000 Preperation Grit Blast components £13,000 Groundwork Prepare foundations and erect posts £44,000 Roof Procure roofing materials £10,000 Trimmings Final fitings £9,300 Contingency Budget for overspend and sign off
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Private £1,000 Guaranteed
The task on platform 2 has been bigger as there was nothing there to restore. The original three storey East Lancashire Railway Headquarters building had been demolished many years ago, before the ELR took possession of the station from British Rail. When our new platform 2 building was completed in 1996, which now houses The Trackside real ale pub, there was no funding or materials available to construct a canopy.
Customers travelling on the railway will gain the benefit of staying fry during the inclement weather season and be able to enjoy the railway without getting wet.
The East Lancashire Railway has a proven track record of completing fundraising projects. We have recently restored one of our steam engines costing £500,000 and also created the Bury Transport Museum with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Biffa Awards to a cost of £3.5 million.
Read more about the Charity running this project.