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Thameslink community day creates hive of activity at St Albans station

Press release   •   May 09, 2019 16:09 BST

Thameslink staff and volunteers from the St Albans South Signal Box Preservation Trust have been planting up bee-friendly flowers at St Albans station

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) staff and the St Albans South Signal Box Preservation Trust had a ‘busy bee’ morning at St Albans station on Wednesday, with the volunteers making improvements for passengers.

The project, led by GTR’s Letchworth distribution team, saw volunteers install wooden flower planters, bird and bee boxes and a bench to help transform St Albans station.

More than 15 planters were filled with an array of bee- and bird-friendly flowers and plants, and bee and bird boxes were painted around the station.

The project came to fruition today after weeks of planning and organisation.

Thameslink’s Letchworth team, who distribute posters, leaflets and other items around the GTR network, were also joined by the King’s Cross support team and a group of volunteers from the St Albans South Signal Box Preservation Trust.

The community trust is a local group of enthusiastic volunteers who have carried out a total restoration of the former South Signal Box next to the station.

GTR’s Community Social Responsibility Manager, Katherine Cox, said: 'It's been a great morning at St Albans, bringing together the local community and Thameslink colleagues to brighten up the station in time for the summer. We’re looking forward to passengers seeing the improvements. I’d like to pass on our special thanks to all those that made this day happen."

Tony Furse, Chairman of the St Albans South Signal Box Preservation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with Govia Thameslink Railway in improving the visual impact of St Albans station. A wave of colour along the platforms is going to brighten the day of the thousands of commuters who use the station day in and day out. We are really looking forward to being part of the transformation.”

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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

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