Longton Station Project

These Are Our Journeys – an exciting new mural at Longton Station

Installed in March 2020, this mural depicts local people’s memories of train travel in witty style as text and pictures. Memories were collected from people in and around Longton Market on a cold November day, then turned into an eye catching display on a background of pots, plates and railway tracks – important local themes. The design was created by students at St Thomas More Catholic Academy in Longton, led by graphic artist, Adrian Riley. Can you spot the wedding rings of the couple who travel to Torquay every year to celebrate their anniversary? Or the oyster shells? Or the fruit dress on the washing line? The design invites visitors to revisit and discover new content each time.

The mural, which comprises 3 huge panels covering 3 arch fronts, was commissioned in response to a public consultation funded by East Midlands Railway, which asked the question: “How can Longton Station be improved?”

The mural was funded by the Community Rail Network and the North Staffs Community Rail Partnership.

 

Community Action Day, 12 September 2017

  • City Mayor and Mayoress support local community to give Longton station a 'spring clean'
  • Volunteers from the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP), together with train operator East Midlands Trains (now East Midlands Railway), Tesco at Longton and Meir Park and pupils from The Discovery Academy joined forces to give Longton Station a makeover at a Community Day on Tuesday 12th September.
  • Painting, cleaning, litter picking and gardening kept the volunteers busy and as a result Longton Station is now looking much improved.
  • The Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Ross Irving and Lady Mayoress, Christine Warren, together with local councillors, Daniel Jellyman, Stephen Funnel, Sheila Pitt and Chris Robinson all came along to add their support.
  • “Railways have always played a vital role within local communities and they become better gateways when communities are engaged in making them more welcoming for passengers and visitors. The combined effort of all the volunteers, to improve the station environment, has been amazing and my heartfelt thanks to them all for making this day such a huge success”.

Find out more about how station volunteers and the local community now, through our work, support Longton and other stations on the North Staffordshire Line

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