Platform two at Huddersfield railway station has received an artistic makeover following a £3.5k grant by TransPennine Express (TPE). The grant was awarded to the Penistone Line Partnership from TPE’s Community Rail Partnerships Growth Fund as well as the Designated Community Rail Development Fund.
A special event was held on Wednesday 30 August to celebrate the enhancements including new planters, and a decorated waiting shelter.
Groups and volunteers from across the local area have played a key role in the project including Huddersfield Men’s Shed, a community of men who voluntarily come together to work on various projects improving their health and wellbeing. Members of the group used recycled materials to construct new planters filled with bright and colourful flowers for the platform.
Eye-catching visuals created by members of the Men’s Shed along with local artist, Sarah Wells have been applied to the waiting shelter along with poetry inspired by rail journeys on the line between Huddersfield and Sheffield. The poetry was written by local poets from the Albert Poets in conjunction with Sarah, a University of Huddersfield Student.
Planters were created by members of the Men’s Shed, with the design being inspired by members of the New Beginnings Group (a project working with 16 to 19 year olds not in Education or Work) and Kirklees Dementia Cafe who worked together with local artist Beverley Addy. The designs were also used to create a ‘Book Train’ which is a book case now situated in the waiting shelter at Platform 2, passengers are encouraged to donate books and also take books from there.
It is hoped that the new enhancements will inspire customers, many of which will be arriving at the station on a TPE service, to explore the scenic Penistone Line.
The grant is one of the first to be provided through ‘Growth’, TPE’s overall £350k fund for Community Rail Partnerships that aims to deliver improvements identified by CRPs across the North and into Scotland.
TPE is now inviting proposals for projects from Community Rail Partnership for a new round of funding for growth projects that will help local communities with more than £60k is available. CRPs have until 8 September 2017 to make their application.
Rowena Chantler, Community Rail Officer for the Penistone Line Partnership commented: “The Penistone Line Partnership has been engaging with members of the local community for almost 25 years, and are always looking for different ways to engage with the community and promote the Penistone Line. This project has enabled us to both engage with diverse groups and also ‘sell’ the Penistone Line from Huddersfield Station to other rail passengers.”
Graham Meiklejohn, Regional Development Manager for TransPennine Express said: “TPE connects customers with over 20 scenic Community Rail Partnership routes across the rail network at interchanges, such as Huddersfield station. By enhancing the interchange between TPE services at Huddersfield and the platform for trains to Penistone we have facilitated an inspiring and locally driven interchange, making the connection between routes and services even more attractive.”