New look for rural station

WICKHAM Market station is set to look blooming lovely thanks to a partnership between a local woman, a parish council and train operator one.The platform is about to receive a makeover thanks to station adopter Helen Armstrong who has been working with train operator one and the local parish council to brighten up the station with flowers.

WICKHAM Market station is set to look blooming lovely thanks to a partnership between a local woman, a parish council and train operator one.

The platform is about to receive a makeover thanks to station adopter Helen Armstrong who has been working with train operator one and the local parish council to brighten up the station with flowers.

The station, on the Ipswich - Lowestoft railway line, will boast flower tubs on the platform planted with attractive summer plants and flowers.

The tubs are being provided and installed by one and the compost and plants are to be provided by the parish council.


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One communications manager Kerri Worrall said: "We are very pleased to be working with Helen and the parish council to brighten up Wickham Market station.

"Helen has worked very hard in setting up the partnership and the station will look lovely as a result. "We would like to thank Helen and the parish councillors for their support and enthusiasm for this project."

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Mrs Armstrong, 73, of Framlingham, is a member of 'one's Adopt-A-Station initiative which is now in its second year. The initiative has resulted in over 50 volunteers around the network adopting their local stations and reporting to the train operator about the standard of facilities at the station.

Many adopters have also worked hard to bring their own schemes to fruition - such as acquiring a new bench for the platform, planting gardens and filling flower tubs, and helping to keep the platforms free from litter.

The Adopt-A-Station initiative is aimed at improving lines of communication between the train operator and railway station users, promoting and encouraging feedback about the station buildings and facilities to help ensure that they meet the high standards expected by those who use them.

What do you think of the adopt-a-station scheme? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or visit the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk

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