5 Mar 2021 Whittlesea
Whittlesea train station's platform has been brightened up following the arrival of two new elegant flower planters, along with a stylish new wooden bench.
Although lockdown restrictions are currently in place for now, platform improvements were added last week in preparation for welcoming back rail users once restrictions are eased later this year.
Station Adopter volunteers Geoff Howes and Andrew Hills, with Andrew’s wife, Suzanne (pictured), spent a socially distanced Saturday morning creating the attractive floral displays to make sure the brand new planters were properly weighted down and safely placed on the platform.
Geoff and Andrew successfully applied to the Hereward CRP’s Station Adopters’ Grant to fund the cost of the new planters. Greater Anglia kindly provided the compost and all the colourful primrose plants for the planters.
To add further improvements and make customers more comfortable when they can return to the station, Greater Anglia also funded and installed a stylish new wooden bench, which now sits pride of place framed by the colourful floral displays.
These station improvements are in addition to the enclosed waiting areas, which were installed in March 2020 to help shield passengers from all weathers. The shelters, chosen by the public, are part of a large-scale £9.5 million investment programme into Fenland's railways by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
For more information about Fenland Stations Projects please visit https://www.fenland.gov.uk/article/15122/Railway-Station-Masterplans
For current lockdown and travel advice please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae#travel