A NEW minister will be helping staff at Warrington Bank Quay station stay on track.

Mike Roberts has been appointed chaplain at the mainline station and will help alleviate some of the pressures staff face.

His appointment has been made possible by the Railway Mission.

Founded in 1881 the mission provides pastoral support to the railway industry through a chaplaincy service.

The organisation is investing in the chaplaincy service and increasing the support provided to the railway industry to help staff and passengers affected by railway operations.

Mike Roberts, who will be stationed at Bank Quay, trained as a baptist minister and served in churches in South London, West Yorkshire and Dorset.

In 2017 he moved up north and met and married Rebecca who is a vicar at the Church of the Ascension in Woolston.

Mike has enjoyed roles the most where he has interacted with people and since his background interests have been railway orientated, he felt that this job matched his skill sets and is looking forward to making a difference to the rail staff.

Liam Johnston, executive director of Railway Mission said: "As a chaplaincy service, we have responded to the needs of the industry and the railway staff, by increasing as far as possible the support we provide to rail staff and British Transport Police.

"We hope that this increased support will help alleviate some of the pressures faced by frontline staff on the railway."