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A variety of organisations are rallying today to support Kidsgrove station on the North Staffordshire Line (Crewe-Stoke-Derby route).
This special event, a Station Community Day, has been arranged by North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP) to support the Kidsgrove station volunteers in their continuing mission to improve the extensive station gardens.
Staff from East Midlands Trains’ Train Planning and Access team, British Transport Police Officers (BTP) and Kidsgrove TESCO staff are all turning out to work alongside the volunteers.
They’ll be weeding, pruning and planting all areas of the station to provide stunning gardens for passengers to enjoy through the summer.
The event is being sponsored by Kidsgrove TESCO, who are kindly providing refreshments for all the helpers, as well as seeds and plants for the gardens. Children from the Garden Club at Kidsgrove’s St Thomas’ Primary School are also attending to plant the displays at the station entrance.
Faye Lambert, Project Manager for the NSCRP said: “Our Station Community Days are a great example of how community rail brings a variety of agencies together to deliver improved stations for passengers. Many thanks to everyone for their help and support with this event.”
Michael Webb, Head of Train Planning and Access at East Midlands Trains, said: “We are proud of the work the Community Rail Partnership and the station volunteers on the Crewe route do. They provide fantastic support to East Midlands Trains and our customers, by promoting our services and improving our stations. We recognise the monumental effort that the Kidsgrove station team has put in to transform their adopted station, so we’re delighted to be able to give them a helping hand.”
BTP Sergeant Emma Salter said: “It’s great to be involved in an event which puts the emphasis on communities working together. Kidsgrove is an important station and area for BTP. We are looking forward to getting involved and also to chatting to passengers and answering their queries.”
For more information about the work of the NSCRP and Kidsgrove station and to find out about joining as a station adoption volunteer, visit www.northstaffsrail.org.uk