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East Midlands Trains staff, local station adopter groups and members of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships were on hand at Sutton Parkway station earlier this week (Tuesday 20 June) to spruce up the station ready for summer time.
The group did a big tidy up including litter-picking the grounds and getting rid of moss on the station platforms. 21 bags of rubbish were collected in total but the group didn’t stop there – they cleaned and polished the station signage, walkways and stairs.
Dan Robson, Area Station Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “We donned our best DIY and gardening gear and got stuck in to help out at Sutton Parkway.
“It was great to be joined by likeminded people committed to ensuring the station looks good. As well as my management team from Nottingham, the Beeston station and Sutton Parkway station adopter groups also mucked in.”
Paul Webster, Operations Manager of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), said: “We’re delighted to have taken part and done our bit.
"We believe that railway stations should be much more than simply the place where a passenger waits for their train. Stations adopted and looked after by their local community provide a more welcoming and often safer environment to wait for a train.
"ACoRP actively encourages more local communities to get involved in activities similar to this at Sutton Parkway and be proud of their stations."
“We’re really passionate about helping to improve the environment around different stations across the region and will continue to work with East Midlands Trains to achieve this."
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