Station Renovation Partnership

A partnership between the Friends of Bilbrook, pupils from Codsall Community High School, sponsors and London Midland Railways has renovated and improved the Bilbrook station platform name signs.

The project was the inspiration of Della, a former member of the Friends of Bilbrook group.

The Chairman, Keri Lloyd, said: “We enjoy working together to help care for our village, so when the station name needed some repairs to the paving surround, we wanted local people to be part of not only renovating but also improving it. That’s when we invited Bilbrook Middle School children, as future citizens of the village, to come on board with us and London Midland.”

Bilbrook kids get creative for station.

The children, now pupils at Codsall Community High School, decorated individual ceramic tiles, donated by Topps Tiles, with images to reflect their local environment, including buildings, woodland, plants and flowers. The designs were created using special outdoor paint.

London Midland’s Facilities team repaired the name signs and then fitted the children’s tile designs into place around the Bilbrook name, sealing the fixings to make the display waterproof.

Steve Fisher, Head of Route for Regional Services, said: “The name signs at Bilbrook have been brought back to life by this partnership project. We have been really impressed both with the children’s creativity and the vision of the Friends of Bilbrook group in developing it. The new signs make the station much more welcoming, so many thanks to them for their hard work.”

Keri added: “Everyone worked really hard and the results speak for themselves. The decorated tiles have made a dramatic difference and now the name signs show passengers that the people here really care for their village and station.”

Faye Lambert, Head of Community Rail, said: “This is a true partnership project that really illustrates the benefits of the community and railway working together. Many thanks to Friends of Bilbrook for their inspiration, teachers Mrs. Pugh and Mrs. Stephenson and, of course, all the schoolchildren involved for making this happen. We look forward to working with you all again soon on further community projects for Bilbrook station.”

London Midland Railways

Bilbrook Middle School

Codsall Community High School