Press release -
Bright new sign creates a buzz in Cricklewood
Cricklewood residents have taken to social media to share their delight at a bold new sign adorning the railway bridge just outside the Thameslink station.
Despite thunderstorms, paintwork was completed over the weekend with the new sign highlighting Cricklewood as a destination in its own right.
It is the second project brought to fruition by NorthWestTwo Residents’ Association thanks to funding from Govia Thameslink Railway’s Passenger Benefit Fund, which provides tangible benefits for passengers.
Just before lockdown, a mural was installed at Cricklewood station to commemorate the early days of civil aviation when you could fly from Cricklewood to Paris in a converted WW1 bomber. A further project will be a series of panels located in the passenger waiting area recognising the interesting industrial history of Cricklewood, including the aeronautics, railways, the range of factories and the importance of Clitterhouse Farm (home to a well-known suffragette) and the Crown public house.
NorthWestTwo Residents' Association Secretary Marie Hancock said: “The concerted effort, catalysed through the GTR Passenger Benefit Fund, has been welcomed locally in a place trisected by three local authorities. The new signage is a marker for the station and town centre and puts Cricklewood on the map.”
Radlett to Cricklewood station manager Marc Asamoah said: “The bright, bold new sign is a great addition to the railway bridge and reinforces the identity of the area. It’s always a pleasure to work with our station partners to enhance the railway environment. The residents’ association have already brought a lot of colour to the station and I look forward to seeing future projects come to life too.”
Throughout the painting of the sign and since its completion, residents and local businesses have posted dozens of comments across social media to express their delight at the new-look bridge, where well-known local businesses used to advertise - particularly Smiths Industries - in the 60s.
The signage project was kindly supported by Network Rail, Wood Street Walls, Tate Technical, Barnet Council, Conway Aecom, B&Q and Dutch and Dutch.
For more information on NorthWestTwo Residents’ Association, see their Facebook page NorthwestTwo Residents’ Association or follow them on Twitter @NW2_RA
Passenger Benefit Fund
The £15m Passenger Benefit Fund was established to provide tangible improvements for passengers across the Govia Thameslink Railway network.
More than 4,200 surveys were completed by passengers, rail user groups, councillors and other interested parties. A further 90 group submissions helped provide input for 96% of the 274 stations.
A website dedicated to the fund was visited almost 24,000 times and the GTR team behind the scheme attended almost 70 meetings to talk to local people about their stations.
Project managers have been consulting further with local groups and stakeholders to assess the feasibility of what people have requested. Among the many projects put forward are new toilets, improved seating and better access.
Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
- Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
- Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
- Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria