A new mural has been unveiled at Felixstowe rail station to encourage local people to take the train and welcome visitors to the town.
Commissioned and funded by the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, in partnership with Visit Felixstowe, Felixstowe Travel Watch and Greater Anglia the mural displays images of Felixstowe’s attractions such as the beach and Landguard Fort, and also encourages people to take the train with the slogan ‘Days out by rail – your adventure awaits’.
It replaces an older, faded sign to create a better first impression to visitors arriving or departing by train.
The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership Line Group East Chairman, Cllr Graham Newman, felt the new board should reflect that new trains are now running on the line and feature images of the attractions in Felixstowe – The Spa Pavilion, Landguard Fort, Felixstowe Museum, Martello P Tower, the Pier, the two connecting ferries (Bawdsey and Harwich) and scenic images.
It was unveiled by Cllr Graham Newman; Aaron Taffera, Chair of the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership; Richard Holland, Felixstowe’s Station Adopter and Vice Chairman of Felixstowe Travel Watch; and Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, on Friday 6 August.
Helen Greengrass, for Visit Felixstowe, said, “We are delighted to see the new welcome board at Felixstowe Station. It provides an immediate impression of a vibrant resort encouraging visitors to discover Felixstowe.”
Aaron Taffera, Chair of the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, said, “The mural looks great and the Community Rail Partnership is pleased to have been able to support this project which provides a colourful welcome to the station and encourages people to explore the town.”
Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, Alan Neville, said, “We’re pleased to have supported this partnership project which is putting the rail station at the heart of its community and encouraging people to leave the car at home which will help to reduce congestion and pollution in the town.”