A series of vibrant new ‘Rail to Sail’ artworks now greet passengers at Heysham Port Station and ferry terminal, thanks to a community engagement project from the Bentham Line (Leeds-Morecambe Community Rail Partnership [CRP]).
The striking and colourful artwork, located in the recently refurbished passenger lounge at the ferry terminal, shows the new ferry, Manxman, setting sail following the arrival of the connecting rail service.
More artwork is displayed on the station concourse, delivered by schoolchildren working with local artist Alastair Nicholson, to create sections of the artwork including scenes of excited passengers, local landmarks, and other more unusual elements.
The CRP was joined by Cllr Roger Dennison, Mayor of Lancaster City, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster City Council and staff and Year 5 pupils from St Peter’s Church of England Primary School in Heysham for the unveiling in June.
Gerald Townson, Chair of the Bentham Line, said: “There has been over a hundred years of interaction between the railway and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Heysham Port is one of the relatively few places left in Britain where it is just a short walk between train and boat. The ship and train services provide a great example of integrated public transport, which has led to the development of the ‘Rail to Sail’ project.”
Hannah Owens, class teacher at St Peter’s, said: “The project was a lovely experience. The children were very motivated in all the tasks and had great fun whilst learning so much.”
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