Northwich Railway Station after part of the roof and a wall collapsed.
Northwich Railway Station after part of the roof and a wall collapsed.

It’s a miracle nobody was killed or injured after part of the roof and a wall collapsed at Northwich Railway Station about 10.30am on Tuesday, May 18.
Pictures show bricks and debris came down right in front of the ticket office and ticket machines as well as inside the waiting room.
Debris also landed on the track but the signaller was able to stop an approaching train. Travellers then faced considerable disruption.
We must await the outcome of the official investigation for the precise cause of the collapse but this is a Victorian railway station in desperate need of investment. That’s why I have written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
For example, I have been campaigning to improve accessibility at the station. If you are disabled or have mobility issues, you can only travel in the Manchester direction because the other platform is solely accessible by steps and a footbridge.
The station has now reopened with temporary customer arrangements. Over the longer term there is a need to work with all relevant parties to rebuild the station but it must be fully accessible and fit for the 21st century.
I am also calling for more investment in the local railway network more generally. I continue to push for the promised two trains an hour on the Mid Cheshire line that has still not materialised. And, it is concerning that many stations across the North West are of a similar age to Northwich, with some also in need of significant investment.

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