Northern is on the lookout for community custodians to help care for stations across its network.  

The train operator is keen to speak to groups of volunteers interested in adopting one of 21 stations across the region, which includes Widnes and Hough Green.

The full list of stations needing custodians is as follows: 


Cherry Tree 

Rose Grove 

Burnley Barracks 

Burnley Central 

Burnley Manchester Road 


Sankey for Penketh 


Hough Green 


East Disbury 


Heald Green 

Trafford Park 

Humphrey Park 

Chassen Rd 



West Allerton 

Mossley Hill 

Hundreds of adopters are already active across the network, working in partnership with Northern to keep stations tidy and well presented.  

Craig Harrop, regional director at Northern, said: “Station adoption groups provide a vital link between Northern and the communities we serve, and they all do fantastic work at our stations, providing the best possible environment for our customers and local people alike.  

“We’re very fortunate to have so many people who care so deeply about the railway and I’m incredibly grateful for all the time they donate and all the hard work that makes such a difference to the station environment.  

“Many of our stations have active adopters and ‘Friends of’ groups, but these 21 don’t and we’re looking for community volunteers who are willing to give their time to help us make a difference for their community.”  

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