The stairway which serves platform two at Heaton Chapel station was subject to severe structural damage last year, when the roof collapsed. The entire stairway was subsequently closed to passengers. Fortunately, no-one was hurt during the roof collapse but sadly, artwork which had been installed at the station by the Friends of Heaton Chapel Station group was destroyed. Since the incident the group have been working with a local professional artist to design twelve pieces of artwork depicting iconic buildings from the Four Heatons; Mersey, Moor, Norris and Chapel, and these have now been installed at the station.
The staircase was ceremoniously reopened to customers on Tuesday 13th June. Liam Sumpter, Regional Director at Northern Rail, Councillor John Taylor, and Robert Ellams, Asset Engineer for buildings at Network Rail, were joined by the Friends of Heaton Chapel Station, along with key stakeholders, for the opening.
Councillor John Taylor commented: “The Friends of Heaton Chapel Station group continues to work tirelessly to give the station some real character and make it more welcoming for customers, by delivering various projects, such as the development and ongoing maintenance of gardens and installing numerous art projects, including images created by local artist Eamon Murphy. Well done to everyone involved with getting the station fully up and running again.”
All the agencies involved thanked local rail users for their patience over the last year.