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Rail safety artwork unveiled at Rhyl Station

Two captivating pieces of artwork promoting rail safety have been installed at Rhyl Station thanks to a collaboration between the Conwy Valley & North Wales Coast Community Rail Partnership (CRP), Transport for Wales, British Transport Police and Ysgol Christ the Word Catholic School.

In the wake of a recent youth trespass incident at the station, PCSO Hall of the British Transport Police initiated a partnership with talented local graffiti artist Andy Birch and the creative minds of students from Ysgol Christ the Word Catholic School.

The creative initiative aimed not only to address rail safety concerns but also foster community engagement and empower young minds through art.

Over the span of two days, a total of 25 pupils, aged 7-11 years old, worked closely with the CRP, artist Andy Birch and PCSO Hall to bring their visions of rail safety to life.

Karen Williams, Community Rail Officer for Conwy Valley & North Wales Coast CRP, said: “As a CRP, we realise the importance of rail safety and working with the community to highlight this important message.

“Thanks to funding from Transport for Wales and the support of British Transport Police Wales, we have again worked with a local high school, using their creative flair and ideas to produce a colourful and vibrant message to rail users and visitors. Pupils were given an opportunity to show off their skills and learn new ones working, closely with Dime One North Wales Graffiti Art Murals.

“The school children involved have been excited to see their hard work on display and have been taking their parents along, which shows just how proud they are of the work they have created.”

Melanie Lawton, Community Rail Strategic Lead at Transport for Wales, said: “We want our stations to feel connected and be part of the community. This project and the fantastic artwork installed by the children and young people is a lovely welcome for passengers and visitors to the town whilst encouraging vitally important safety information.”

PSCO Hall said: “I’m grateful to Groundwork North Wales (host of Conwy Valley CRP), Transport for Wales and Andy for enabling this engagement with the local school children to take place, allowing us to share our message of staying safe and behaving appropriately on the railway. The artwork is excellent and will be seen by thousands of passengers in years to come, something the kids should be proud of.”

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