News from East Midlands Trains


Big Picture Community Artwork Installed at Willington Station

The second Big Picture Community Art Mural has been installed at Willington Railway Station.  This year’s picture is The Village Centre which shows a train passing over the centre of Willington village with its attractive village centre of local shops, pubs, cafes and the village clock .  The artwork installed on Platform 2 at Willington is 16’ long and was produced at the Willington Arts Festival in May 2015.  Over 100 people took part in producing the painting as part of the Big Picture event at the Willington Arts Festival.  The Willington Arts Group received funding to produce the artwork from the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership and the John Weston Charitable Fund.   

Brian Davis, who facilitated this year’s Big Picture event said “The Big Picture has become a very popular element of the Arts Festival, allowing people of all ages to get involved in the event. We are already making plans for next year’s BIG Picture which will focus on the River Trent which runs along the southern edge of the village.”

The Village Centre painting follows the installation in 2014 of Willington Canalside which was produced at the Willington Arts Festival in May 2014.  The Canalside painting features canal boats, wildlife and canal towpath with a train passing in the background.   

Jason Cocker, Area Station Manager for East Midlands Trains said: “We’re pleased to have been involved in this year’s Big Picture Event.  Our stations have a key role to play in their local communities and it’s great to see the new artwork now on display at Willington station.”

Willington Station is managed by East Midlands Trains and served by trains on CrossCountry’s Nottingham - Derby – Birmingham route.  The station has seen an annual increase of 20% in passenger journeys in 2014/15 and an increase of 150% since 2009/10.   

Richard Gibson, Head of Communications at CrossCountry said: “Projects like these are just the thing to help make a local railway station even more relevant to the community it serves. We are delighted these two art works now adorn Willington, making the station a more attractive place for both the community and rail users”.

Alastair Morley
Community Rail Officer
Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock DE4 3AG
01629 538062