Press release -
Christmas becomes 'Cricklemas' as Town Team bring festive cheer to Thameslink station
The community group 'Cricklewood Town Team' have been busy adding festive cheer to the fantastic artwork they have installed over the years at Thameslink's station to raise its profile.
Tinsel and a Santa's hat now festoon the colourful cow, while Christmas lights adorn the large 'Cricklewood' sign, all of were designed and installed by local artist Alistair Lambert. There are even two living Christmas trees and more tinsel around Alistair's sheep who 'graze' in Cricklewood Lane nearby (see pictures below).
Marie Hancock, one of the Town Team members, said: "We're so pleased with the result. When we were putting up the decorations people stopped to chat or smile and take a photo and wanted to help and join in some festive cheer."
Thameslink's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Katherine Cox said: "Once again Marie and her team at Cricklewood have gone the extra mile to make our town station fun and inviting for the community. It's very moo-ving what they have done!"
Cricklewood station is in the first tranche of stations that will receive a station improvement under Govia Thameslink Railway's (GTR's) Passenger Benefit Fund.
GTR is working with Cricklewood Town Team and NorthWestTWO residents' association and various partners including Network Rail on schemes to be delivered by the end of 2021.
These projects will add to the many improvements made since 2016 when the Town Team adopted the station which resulted in several awards for Cricklewood.
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
GTR is currently the most punctual of the large and complex operators in UK rail according to 'On Time' statistics released by the Office of Rail and Road for May, June and July 2019, and fourth of all train operators in the UK