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A 120’ - long mural to welcome passengers to Uttoxeter station is being unveiled at the station today.
The mural, a project developed by the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, has been created to celebrate the history and variety of the Staffordshire town, a key stop on the Derby to Crewe route, managed by East Midlands Trains.
The huge mural, which will now be a feature of Platform 1, was designed and painted by professional Staffordshire artist Anthony Hammond. The intricate design was created using ideas put forward by the local community and station volunteers.
It features historical figures linked to the town, like Dr Samuel Johnson; local businesses famous to Uttoxeter, and even the town’s new civic sculptures, all of which are entwined around the words ‘Welcome to Uttoxeter’.
An additional smaller artwork design on the adjacent wall is a ‘trompe l’oeil’ (‘trick of the eye’) piece, which features a horseshoe-shaped ‘tunnel’ enscribed ‘Uttoxeter’, through which a train appears.
The project was funded by the Partnership and a grant from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), together with contributions from Alton Towers Resort, JCB, Uttoxeter Racecourse and Uttoxeter Town Council. East Midlands Trains’ Estates team repaired and painted the background wall to receive the mural, and the completed work, which now just needs some small finishing touches, will be finished with an anti-vandal coating.
The final piece of the mural, to be completed during the next few days, will be a painted plaque on the far left of the wall featuring the names of the sponsors.
Faye Lambert, Community Rail Partnership Officer, said: “We are absolutely delighted with Anthony’s design. It is so clever and colourful and has really improved the environment of the station. Many thanks to ACoRP and all the local sponsors for their kind support for our project, which we hope will provide a lasting tribute to the town.”
Wendy Robertson, Senior Estates Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re all really excited about the new mural at Uttoxeter, which will be a great addition to the station.
“We’re already investing £10 million to improve the stations across our network, but local initiatives such as this make a huge difference to the travelling public. We’re very grateful to the artist Anthony Hammond and the sponsors for their kind support for the project.”
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