Volunteers from Network Rail and Great Western Railway joined forces with Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and students from Plymouth University to give the disused platform and old signal box at Bere Alston Station in west Devon a much-needed spring clean.
The team braved the spring showers to spruce up the platform area and tidy up the old signal box, which closed in 1970 but had been used as a work space by a railway maintenance team until the 1990s.
A local Scout group will be using the platform to plant and grow flowers, making the station brighter and more welcoming for passengers while developing their gardening skills and learning about biodiversity. The old signal box will be used as a potting shed.
Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership has previously carried out renovations on the signal box, painting the exterior and taking old materials away. The volunteers removed unused furniture from the box and overgrown vegetation from the platform, ensuring that the site will be safe for the Scout group to start planting in the near future.
Máedóc Ellis, Network Rail customer support manager (community rail), said: “It was great to see representatives from the different organisations work together to make sure the unused areas of Bere Alston station were neatened up and ready for the arrival of the Scout group.
“Supporting community projects means that we can work alongside local residents to improve public spaces, creating a welcoming environment for our passengers. I can’t wait to see how the Scouts get on with their gardening projects and hope to continue supporting their endeavours.”
Rebecca Catterall from Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, who helped coordinate the volunteers, added: “It was a great day, albeit a wet one, but everyone pulled together and worked incredibly hard. I am sure users of Bere Alston Station will notice a difference.”
You can read more about the work of Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership here.