March station rejuvenated
National Express East Anglia's (NXEA) March Station, in Cambridgeshire is beginning to flourish once again after receiving some extra attention from the 'Friends of March Station' group.
The 'Friends of March Station' is the brain child of NXEA Area Manager Alan Neville and Fenland District Council's Jeanette Milner. The group was formed in the summer of 2009 with the aim to bring the whole of the station back into positive use and to make people feel proud of this major gateway into the town. Together volunteers from the community and from organisations such as NXEA, Network Rail, The Probation Service and the Fenland District Council's Street Pride have been getting together to undertake work at the station such as clearing overgrowth and rubbish from the redundant platforms, and planting new floral displays on the operational platforms.
Work is progressing apace and to such an extent that at the recent Anglia in Bloom Awards, both March Street Pride and the Railway Station Volunteers were recognised, winning 'Merits' in the Neighbourhood Awards Category, plus March as a town, won a Bronze award.
Alan Neville, National Express East Anglia's Area Manager said:
"Though there is still more work to do, what has been achieved so far has made the whole station look cleaner, brighter and more welcoming. In our latest service quality survey at the station our score went up from 84% to 91% - this is significant progress and our customers have really noticed a difference. We will work to improve this still further in the future."
Jeanette Milner, Fenland District Council's Street Pride Co-ordinator, said:
"The enthusiasm for the project has far exceeded my expectations. The impact we have had has been incredible - everyone says how much more welcoming the station is. Future plans are to finish the clearing of the platforms, refurbish one of the rooms initially to be used as a meeting room. Other ideas are a gallery, museum and possibly a cafe in the future. Negotiations are continuing to secure funding to restore the buildings."
The next group meeting is on November 9, 2009, at 6.30pm, at Fenland Hall, Fenland District Council's offices in March.
The next "Friends of March" station volunteer day is on November 14, 2009, from 10am until 1pm. Anyone interested in participating should telephone Jeanette Milner on 01354 654321 or email@example.com.