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A major environmental improvement has taken place at Ambergate Station with the planting of over 500 plants and shrubs in a newly created terraced planting area. An overgrown banking area on the station approach road has been transformed by the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, East Midlands Trains and Network Rail.
Over 60 railway sleepers were provided by Network Rail and installed over a four month period by staff from East Midlands Trains and the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, creating an impressive terraced sleeper bed. All the work has been carried out by hand and has helped to resolve problems of soil slippage onto the adjacent footway. The impressive three tiered sleeper bed has been planted with over 500 colourful plants and shrubs and topped with woodchip. The planting was carried out by a team of both, station and customer service staff from East Midlands Trains, working with staff from Network Rail and Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership. A small adjacent banking area has also benefited from shrub planting by Ambergate station adopters, who also lovingly care for a number of fantastic floral displays along the station platform.
Councillor Irene Ratcliffe, Chair of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership said: “The improvement on the approach road is simply stunning. What was an overgrown area is now an attractive feature benefiting passengers and the local community. The dedicated teamwork of everyone involved has been exceptional to deliver this project”.
Paul Mobbs, Customer Experience Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: "This has been a major piece of work that has transformed Ambergate station. A lot people have worked very hard over the past few months in some extremely wet and windy weather conditions to create a new look approach to the station and we would like to thank everybody for all their work on this improvement project. This will make a huge difference to our regular customers and new visitors to the station."
Julie Dale for Network Rail said: “It has been a pleasure to be a partner in this scheme which has transformed the approach to Ambergate Station providing an improved environment for the community and rail passengers”.
This project between East Midlands Trains, Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, Network Rail and Station Adopters has received funding from the Association of Community Rail Partnership’s Small Grants Fund. Great teamwork by dedicated staff and volunteers has achieved a fantastic transformation of the station approach road.