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A community planting event involving a range of partners took place yesterday (Wednesday 5 March) to help beautify Long Eaton station’s surroundings.
The event was the culmination of a nine month project to improve the street scene on Tamworth Road. Work began in late summer 2016 when staff from East Midlands Trains and Network Rail took part in two community days to clear overgrown areas.
With extra help from the station adopters, Sawley Parish Council, CrossCountry Trains and Derbyshire County Council, 16 new planters have now been added and the surrounding banking area has been planted with over 500 plants and shrubs.
Several members of Sawley Parish Council, who attended the planting have agreed to join the existing station adopter to maintain the new planting, in partnership with East Midlands Trains. It is hoped that more local people will get involved to help maintain these improvements which provide a great welcome to the station for local people and visitors to Long Eaton.
Jason Cocker, Area Station Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “It was fantastic to muck in and help with this community planting day with various rail partners and local groups.
“I’m really proud of my team for doing the early groundwork so that this was possible. Long Eaton station now looks really welcoming for both visitors and locals alike. As time goes on, I’m sure it will become even more impressive as the plants and shrubs come into their own and extra work is done.”
Rob Goulding, station and depot portfolio surveyor for Network Rail, said: “We are delighted with the improvement to the station entrance and it will provide a warm welcome to those visiting the station. Projects like these give us a fantastic opportunity to work collaboratively with our stakeholders to deliver the best possible service for passengers and for the communities we serve.”
Cllr Thomas Aram, Sawley Parish Council's Vice-chair, said: “This initiative represents a true partnership that demonstrates what can be achieved when efforts are pooled together. The improvements create a refreshed welcome to passengers using the station, for Sawley, Long Eaton and Erewash Borough."
The project has been funded by Association of Community Rail Partnerships, East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry Trains. Network Rail has provided 81 railway sleepers and a large amount of woodchip gathered from winter tree work