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Volunteers from the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP), together with train operator East Midlands Trains (EMT), Tesco at Longton and Meir Park and pupils from The Discovery Academy joined forces to give Longton Station a makeover at a Community Day on Tuesday 12th September.
Painting, cleaning, litter picking and gardening kept the volunteers busy and as a result Longton Station is now looking much improved.
The Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Ross Irving and Lady Mayoress, Christine Warren, together with local councillors, Daniel Jellyman, Stephen Funnel, Sheila Pitt and Chris Robinson all came along to add their support.
Marika Latham, NSCRP Project Officer who said “Railways have always played a vital role within local communities and they become better gateways when communities are engaged in making them more welcoming for passengers and visitors. The combined effort of all the volunteers, to improve the station environment, has been amazing and my heartfelt thanks to them all for making this day such a huge success”.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Ross Irving, said “I would like to thank all the volunteers who turned up to help. It is a wonderful project and I am very proud of the local community. This is a fantastic example of how communities can make a real difference to the station.”
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “The Crewe to Derby rail line, which stops at Longport, Stoke-on-Trent and Longton stations, is an important and well-used service for residents and businesses in our city. As a council we are committed to improving connectivity and making sure our city has the best rail services possible. I’m very happy to be to be involved in this event at Longton Station and to be working with the community to help improve this important facility.”
Donna Adams, Community Rail and Stakeholder Manager for East Midlands Trains said: “Our train stations play a key role in the communities they serve and these Community Days provide a great opportunity for local stakeholders and community partners to make a real difference at their local station. We’d like to thank all the volunteers and our station adoption team for all their hard work at Longton station.”
To find out more about the station adoption programme and to get involved with adopting a station along the North Staffordshire route (Derby to Crewe) visit https://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/stationadoption.