Friends of Corbridge Station in Northumberland have gradually been improving the station and creating a welcoming entrance to the village for rail travellers.
Corbridge Station is situated on the Tyne Valley Line and is the first station to the east of Hexham. The Friends of Corbridge Station volunteers regularly work with other groups in the town to promote village events and enhance the station environment.
The Friends group, supported by Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership and Northern, first began with the creation and installation of a ‘Welcome to Corbridge’ sign, which marks the route from the station and through the village to the Roman Town.
Recently, further additions have been made with artwork created by a local artist being put in place. The signs, three on each platform, were made possible by a grant from Northern’s Station Adoption Fund and support from Visit Corbridge. The three signs provide visitors with information on ‘Heritage Trails and Walks’, ‘Corbridge Roman Town’ and ‘Hadrian’s Roman Wall – World Heritage Site’.
Fiona Forsythe, Tyne Valley CRP Officer, said: “We are so pleased to be able to support Friends of Corbridge Station with this work, and we look forward to hearing lots of compliments from visitors about the artwork. It’s fantastic to see the Friends of Corbridge Station steadily making their influence felt.”
Future plans for the station adoption group include developing a mural showing the River Tyne from source to mouth, with caricatures depicting the important points on its journey to sea.