Potters Bar rail users are enjoying new floral displays at their station thanks to the efforts of railway staff.
A team of Govia Thameslink Railway colleagues painted seven wooden planters and filled them with a variety of locally-sourced shrubs and flowers yesterday (Wednesday, October 23) to brighten up the platforms and entrances to the Great Northern station.
The planters were all constructed by inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison, The Mount, based at Hemel Hempstead, as part of an ongoing community programme with GTR.
The new displays are the latest efforts to improve Potters Bar station for customers. During the spring this year, improvement work included updating signage at the front of the station, renewed concourse and subway lighting, as well as refreshed subway cladding.
Area Station Manager Mark Powell said: “The flower displays brighten the station and complement the refurbishment works already completed, making the station environment better for customers and staff. Many thanks to those who took part.”
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