Passengers at Stewartby Station on the Marston Vale Line can now wait for trains in comfort following installation of a new high quality shelter on the Bedford bound platform more than doubling the capacity of covered waiting facilities. The new shelter was officially opened on 13th July by Sasirekha Valaiyapathi, Head Girl of the nearby Kimberley College. The event also marked the launch of the Friends of Stewartby Station.
The shelter is the first on the Marston Vale Line to have lighting and has been modified from the standard design to incorporate a water butt.
Other elements of the project include:
- Installation of new running in boards (station signs incorporating Kimberley College, the Forest Centre & links to the nearby Timberland Trail).
- A student-designed artwork exhibition at the station, themed around Stewartby’s culture and diversity.
- Planting displays on the platform.
The Friends of Stewartby Station led by Kimberley College students will be maintaining the planting displays and tidying the station. Volunteers from the local community would be welcome to work alongside the students.
The scheme has been funded by Bedford Borough Council, the Designated Community Rail Development Fund (DCRDF) & London Midland in association with Marston Vale CRP. The DCRDF is a joint initiative of the Department for Transport and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships.
Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said: “I am delighted this project has been completed. Passenger numbers to Stewartby have doubled since Kimberley College opened a few years ago, so there is a real need for better waiting facilities. It’s great to launch another Station Friends Group on the Marston Vale Line too!”
Sasirekha Valaiyapathi, Kimberley Head Girl at Kimberley College said: “We’re excited to make an impact within our community – it’s an amazing project for our artists to be involved in.”
Martin Teh, Head Boy at Kimberley College, added: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to build ties between Kimberley and the local community of Stewartby. We’ve worked really hard, and as a result we’re seeing good things come out of it.”