Hadlow station group bags £5K

TESCO’S plastic carrier bag charge fund has paid dividends for conservationists caring for preserved Hadlow Road station on the Wirral.

The Friends of Hadlow Road Station group in Willaston has been given £5000 from the supermarket giant’s Bags of Help funding initiative.

GWR 0-6-0PT No. 9600 pilots 4-6-0 No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe near Syston with Vintage Trains’ ‘Melton Rambler’ on August 13. PHIL WATERFIELD

The group was formed three years ago to care for the 1950s-themed station on the Birkenhead Railway’s Hooton to West Kirby branch which opened in 1866.

The line closed for passengers in 1956 and the trackbed at West Kirby became part of the Wirral Country Park in the early Seventies.

Shoppers voted in local Tesco stores to help the friends group secure the top award from the scheme.

The money will be used to restore parts of both platforms and create a wildlife and picnic area.

The Grade II listed station celebrated its 150th anniversary last year.

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