Railway staff and volunteers have been sprucing up historic Earlestown station in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.
The clean-up is part of a community project aimed at improving Northern Rail stations between Edge Hill and Glossop. Known as Route 28, the scheme joins rail industry people and the local community. Staff from Merseytravel, Transport for Greater Manchester, Network Rail and Northern Rail were helped by Malcolm Wood from the Railway Heritage Trust and volunteers to freshen-up Earlestown station with a litter pick.
Says Alan Stilwell, Merseytravel’s Director of Integrated Transport, ‘This is a great example of people actively helping to maintain and improve a local railway station. The station is often the first thing visitors see when they come to an area and a tidy station demonstrates ownership and respect by the community.’
Mark Barker of Northern Rail agrees, ‘By getting hands on here at Earlestown, we’re encouraging local communities to take ownership of their station, bringing back a real sense of pride which we feel is key in strengthening the transport network in the area. This station has suffered in the past from fly-tipping and we hope our work here today helps station users see it at its best,’ says Mark.