West Midlands Railway staff at Wolverhampton station are looking for a design to go on the hoarding in the waiting room on platform one.
Work is currently ongoing to build a £150 million transport hub on the site of the current station. Once complete, this will become a major interchange for train, bus and tram services across the city and wider West Midlands region.
As part of the first phase of work, a section of the main station building next to platform one is being demolished. While this work is taking place, temporary hoarding has been put up in the waiting room and along the platform.
A competition is now open for local artists or community groups to submit their design ideas for this area. The hoarding will be in place until autumn 2019, and the station team are keen to brighten up the area for customers during the work.
Fay Easton, Head of stakeholder and community at West Midlands Railway said: “We're committed to ensuring that our stations reflect the locality they serve and community involvement at our stations is a key part of this. The refurbished Wolverhampton Interchange will bring huge benefits to the local area, and we are keen to find opportunities to involve local people while the work is underway."
Andrew Littleton, customer service team leader at Wolverhampton station, said: “It would be great if we could get some Wolverhampton-themed artwork on the hoarding. There are lots of potential ideas that could be explored – such as a design with a link to local architecture or history. The area around the station is changing so much, but we want to use this opportunity to celebrate the things that make the city what it is.”
The hoarding area is approximately 10 meters wide by 3 meters tall, and the winning design will need to be painted onto a plasterboard surface.
The closing date for entries is 31/12/18, and it is hoped that a design can be produced early in the new year. Staff at the station will be judging entries and deciding on a winner by 07/01/19.
Any individuals or groups who have ideas for decorating the space should submit their designs to the station, for the attention of Andrew Littleton. Andrew can also be contacted at email@example.com
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About the Wolverhampton Interchange project
Work is ongoing to build a £150 million transport hub on the site of the current Wolverhampton station. Once complete, this will become a major interchange for train, bus and tram services across the city and wider West Midlands region.
The Wolverhampton Interchange scheme has been designed in two phases to ensure train services continue to operate as normal throughout.
The erection of the first section of the new station building will become operational to customers by autumn 2019. Phase two of the programme will involve bringing down the remainder of the current station and completing the new building.This is expected to open in summer 2020.
Once work on the new station is completed it will pave the way for the Midland Metro Alliance to begin the final link of the new city centre tram extension.
About West Midlands Trains
West Midlands Trains operates both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services.
- London Northwestern Railway services operate between Liverpool and Birmingham, and on the West Coast mainline to and from London Euston.
- West Midlands Railway services operate to destinations across the West Midlands via Birmingham New Street.
The West Midlands Trains franchise started on 10 December 2017 and will run until 2025/26.
West Midlands Trains operates 1,300 services a day, manages 150 stations and provides over 70 million passenger journeys a year. Over the course of the franchise, West Midlands Trains will be investing £1 billion into the rail network to deliver new trains, improved routes and station upgrades. This will include 400 new train carriages across the network and space for an extra 85,000 passengers into Birmingham and London at peak times.
The franchise is a joint venture between Abellio (70.1% share) and East Japan Railway Company / Mitsui & Co., Ltd (29.9% share in a 50:50 split). Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In the UK, Abelllio operates ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, Merseyrail services in a joint venture with Serco and buses through Abellio London. For more information visit www.abellio.com
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