Spalding rail ‘gateway’ is back in community’s hands

Gardening author and broadcaster Daphne Ledward cuts the tape on a new flower bed arrangement at 
Spalding Rail Station in 2008 with Nigel Carlisle, ex-route manager for East Midlands Trains, George Scott of Spalding & Peterborough Transport Forum and Pastor Kevin Taylor of South Holland Community Church, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Gardening author and broadcaster Daphne Ledward cuts the tape on a new flower bed arrangement at Spalding Rail Station in 2008 with Nigel Carlisle, ex-route manager for East Midlands Trains, George Scott of Spalding & Peterborough Transport Forum and Pastor Kevin Taylor of South Holland Community Church, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A campaign group set on improving transport links for South Holland commuters have reached a deal to brighten up Spalding Rail Station.

Talks between East Midlands Trains and George Scott, chairman of Spalding and Peterborough District Forum, took place on Thursday when it was agreed that volunteers could start planting flower beds and painting the shelter on one of the platforms.

This is a big community project and we’re working hand-in-hand with East Midlands Trains as to what it wants us to do

George Scott, chairman of Spalding and Peterborough District Forum

It marks the return of a project first started by the forum in 2008 and comes after an initial meeting with East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce in February.

Mr Scott said: “We’ve been given permission to start work on the gardens and, together with the chamber, we are taking up the challenge of making the gateway to Spalding presentable to the public.

“After starting up the forum in 2003, we spent about £4,500 on doing the gardens up and now we want to bring some pride into the town again.

“We’re looking for volunteers to help in what is a big community project and we’re working hand-in-hand with East Midlands Trains as to what it wants us to do.”

The forum has called for a second entrance to Spalding Rail Station to be opened up in Park Road but Mr Scott called this a “long-term” ambition.

He added: “We’re very pleased that we’ve been accepted to do the work, although these are small steps to start with.”

Meanwhile, Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant said: “The railway station is obviously one of the gateways into Spalding and gives new visitors who arrive by train their first impression of the town.

“Therefore, it is extremely important that the station has up-to-date facilities, including a comfortable, clean waiting room, modern toilets and somewhere to buy a good quality hot drink and something to eat.

“The outside areas must also be clean and tidy and the gardens restored to their former glory which is why I support the transport forum’s efforts in this 100 per cent.

“I sincerely hope that the partnership with East Midlands Trains will bring mutual benefits to all concerned and that local groups will volunteer to help them achieve their joint aims.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should email spaldingtransportforum@gmail.com

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