News from East Midlands Trains

22.04.2013

Community art partnership project improves Longport Station

New poster art designed by students at REACH Pupil Referral Unit has helped to improve Longport station.

REACH students developed the posters using a collage effect to tell their story about Stoke-on-Trent Past, Present and Future.

Past is illustrated through the pottery industry heritage. The students stained parts of the collage on this poster with tea to create a sepia effect. The design for Present shows a time of change demonstrated through current features of the city. The Future poster features the revival of the pottery industry and new City Centre developments.

The Past, Present and Future theme is also represented by different types of rolling stock, from an old Third Class carriage to a High Speed train, which cleverly links the posters to their railway station setting.

The project was developed by North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP), which works to promote and develop the Crewe-Stoke-Derby route that includes Longport station.

Faye Lambert, NSCRP Project Officer, said: “We’ve already worked with many local schoolchildren who have created very inspiring artwork designs to improve the look of stations along the route. One of the issues at Longport was the graffiti-marked end wall of the old station building on Platform 2 that needed improvement. So we were delighted when REACH came on board to help us.

“The students have clearly put a lot of thought into the theme and their posters are so detailed you see something new every time you study them. Their creativity has delivered real improvement for Longport station.”

REACH at Trent Vale is a multi-award-winning pupil referral service, which supports students aged 11-16 across the city who are experiencing difficulties within their home schools and who may be at risk of exclusion, or who have been excluded from mainstream school.

Partner organisations that helped the NSCRP and REACH deliver the project are East Midlands Trains, which provided the poster cases to display the students’ work and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), which funded the professional cleaning of the station building wall through a donation to the NSCRP from their Small Grants Fund.

Jonny Wiseman, Route Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “It’s great to see the community coming together to support their local railway station. We’re really pleased with the artwork provided by the students at REACH, which will make a big difference and help to brighten up Longport station.”