Chiltern Railways: New look underpass unveiled at Leamington Spa station
A mural, designed by young people from the area, was unveiled at Leamington Spa railway station on 2 October thanks to a community partnership between Chiltern Railways, Network Rail, Warwick District Council and Warwickshire County Council.
The project is intended to make the underpass and walkway, which run from the Band Stand in the Pump Room Gardens to the station, a safer and more pleasant space.
The walkway features 16 mural boards depicting historical events and figures from the local area. They were created by young people, as part of a restorative justice project, with support from the Friends of Leamington Spa Railway Station and the Historical Society.
Murals include a depiction of Leamington Spa station, Jephson Gardens and the iconic town Assembly Room.
Cllr Michael Coker, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Protection said: “This project is in keeping with all of our aims to prevent crime and public nuisance and prevent reoffending. The people who have been involved are to be congratulated on all of the work and time that they have donated to our community, which will make walking through the underpass a pleasant experience.”
Karen Bowden, Station Manager at Leamington Spa for Chiltern Railways added: “We were delighted to be part of a project which involves a broad section of the community. Creating welcoming spaces near our stations is very important to us. Not only will it make a difference to our passengers who use the station, but also to the wider community, who will be able to take advantage of the space and enjoy looking at some of the fantastic artwork on show.”
Chiltern Railways was recently named top operator in the country for overall satisfaction with the stations by passengers in the National Passenger Survey.