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Volunteers rally to spruce up Severn Beach Station

Volunteers from Network Rail, Mitie and the Samaritans have come together to freshen up the station fencing at Severn Beach.

The 100m long fence is fully exposed to the coastal elements and was in much need of a makeover. Having rescheduled for the third time due to wet weather, raincoats turned to sun hats as the group were fortunate enough to have a dry spell for the day.

The paint and equipment were generously funded by South Gloucestershire Council, and the makeover took place just in time for the upcoming Severnside Festival on Saturday 8 July.

Faye Keane, Community Development Officer at Severnside Community Rail Partnership, said: “It has been incredibly helpful to have the volunteers offer their time, and for the support from South Gloucestershire Council providing the materials in order for the painting to take place. The length of the fence meant it would require a large team to tackle it and, luckily, we got a group of 15 people from Network Rail, Mitie, and the Samaritans along.

“The station is a much-loved hub, connecting the suburban communities to Severn Beach. So when the local community asked for help, we were able to get quite a lot of interest. And, even better, it is ready for the crowds arriving at Severn Beach by train for the festival too.”

Máedóc Ellis, Customer Support Manager (Community Rail) at Network Rail, said:Network Rail isproud to support local communities through use of our volunteering leave policy. Repainting the fence at Severn Beach has created a more welcoming environment for station users and festival goers, and it was fantastic to see so many volunteers from across the industry come together to help on the day.

“This demonstrates what can be achieved in collaboration with community rail and local council partners, and we look forward to working again together in future!”

Keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from Severnside Community Rail Partnership via their website.