Artwork unveiled on West Yorkshire station platform
A ‘Welcome to Cross Gates’ mural has been unveiled on a platform at Cross Gates station near Leeds, West Yorkshire.
The mural, on platform 1 of the station, was created by artist Emmeline North and unveiled on Friday July 22.
Among those who gathered on the platform to celebrate the new artwork were colleagues from Northern Trains, members of Leeds City Council and local schoolchildren.
Emmeline also worked with students from nearby John Smeaton Academy to create eye-catching posters which are now displayed on the platform ramp.
Other recent improvements to the station include repairing the fences on the platforms, renovating the entrance to the booking office and installing a new CCTV system.
On the platform heading towards York, a new Incredible Edible planter has also been built, which will be maintained by pupils from Crossgates Primary School. The program encourages communities to get involved in growing fresh produce, and passengers will be able to take food grown in the planter home when passing through the station.
Tony Baxter, Regional Manager at Northern said:
“I would like to thank everyone who created this colorful work of art at our station.
“Our community partners are the heart of the railway and we are extremely proud to work closely with them to have such a wide positive impact for the North of England.”
“Projects like this are part of a wider program of improvements at many of our stations – including better accessibility, car park renovations and improved CCTV – to encourage all of our customers to ‘go and do their thing’. “and explore the north.
Artist Emmeline North said:
“I’m really proud to have been a part of this and that we can be here to celebrate this work.
“A big part of that was having the chance to work with some of the young people at John Smeaton Academy.
“They all showed such a wide range of approaches and skills, it was fantastic to see how they worked together, it was a truly collaborative effort.”
Earlier this year, Halifax station in Yorkshire was decorated with murals as part of the 231st birthday of English columnist Anne Lister, who was born in the city.