Station adopters from The Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia teamed up on 20th March with East Midlands Railway and Network Rail staff to transform the flower beds at Lincoln station concourse. Planters have been planted with Lavender bushes, which when in bloom will be in EMR colours.
Lincoln Central railway station serves the city of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, England. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) train operating company. EMT provide services along with Northern and Virgin Trains East Coast.
Lincoln Central is now the only station in Lincoln, following the closure of Lincoln St. Marks in 1985. However, it has retained its “Central” suffix, similar to Rotherham Central. The station building was designed in 1848 for the Great Northern Railway by J H Taylor, in a stone “Baronial” style.
It is currently undergoing extensive renovation work almost complete. Major works include new slate roof, replacement of glass canopy panels and cleaning of stone work which looks very impressive.
We agreed that there were three areas we could help with.
This is a disused platform on the south side of the station which has become very over grown and is an eyesore. Most trains from north of Lincoln arrive on platform 5 and the view gives a bad impression of Lincoln. We have cleared the vegetation and debris and covered the platform with granite chippings which has transformed the view from platform 5
There was not a single flower on the station! Market Rasen have large circular planters which really have an impact.
We have acquired 4 planters from Lincoln BIG and clad them in timber which makes them look very attractive. Richard Pennell of Pennell’s nurseries has filled them with beautiful plants, presently winter pansies.
The station has acquired 7 more planters and these will be filled and put in place in the spring.
The station are acquiring hanging baskets for the platforms
Posters and old photographs.
With help from Ruddock’s printers and Sara Washbourne and the Lincolnshire Echo we have enlarged several old photographs and these are on display in the waiting rooms together with reproduction posters from the National railway museum archive.
The club has formally ‘adopted’ Lincoln station
The benefits are:-
For the City – giving visitors a far better 1st impression of Lincoln and showing pride in our station from a local perspective.
For the club – a local environmental-community project which will get much good publicity and promote the club. We have a sign by the station exit giving details of all four Rotary clubs and meeting times etc.