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Seasoned young rail travellers create artwork for Kidsgrove Station

Children from St Thomas' Primary School, Kidsgrove, have demonstrated their affection for rail travel by creating new artwork for their station.

The work by the six young students features trains, passengers and stations with messages encouraging people to use the train to 'Save the Planet', 'Save Petrol' and 'Make our City Greener.'

One of the posters, by Matthew Birchall (aged 11), is a collage of used rail tickets in the form of the rail symbol, which he has saved over the years to record the many places he has travelled to by train from Kidsgrove.

As well as local destinations such as Crewe, Derby, Longton and Manchester, Matthew's collage shows how holiday resorts and places much farther afield - Lincoln, Rhyl, Southport and Windermere - are within easy reach by rail from the Staffordshire station.

Matthew's mother Wendy, who is a teacher at St Thomas' and also a volunteer at Kidsgrove station, said: "I'm very proud that the children at St Thomas' were asked to produce artwork for the station. It is a great and a rewarding community project for them to be involved in.

"Matthew has travelled thousands of miles around the UK on the train and has a large collection of used rail tickets as a record of his journeys. His inspiration came from seeing the rail symbol on the tickets; he then decided to recreate it using just the tickets issued from our local station, Kidsgrove."

Faye Lambert, Project Officer for the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, which works with East Midlands Trains and station volunteers to improve stations along the Crewe-Derby route, said: "It's great to see these young people enjoying rail travel and understanding its benefits for the environment. We very much appreciate the time and thought they have put into designing the artwork and it will make a bright display at Kidsgrove for passengers to see."

Jonny Wiseman, Route Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: "It's great to see people of all ages coming together to support their local station. The children have done an amazing job with the new artwork and we are grateful for their support in helping to brighten up Kidsgrove station."

St Thomas' Primary is already helping to improve Kidsgrove station; children from the school's Gardening Club plant and tend the pretty garden displays at the station entrance.