A new group of volunteers has come together in Bingley to work to enhance both Bingley and Crossflatts railway stations under Northern Rail’s formal Station Adoption scheme.

The adoption group (working title: Friends of Bingley and Crossflatts Train Stations) grew out of the Town Council’s Green and Clean forum for residents interested in plants and green spaces and keeping Bingley beautiful. It was felt that the stations were a vital part of the community and needed some additional care and attention to make them more attractive and welcoming.

Two groups of residents went on recent fact-finding missions to other adopted stations in the local rail network, including Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge and Batley, to get tips and advice from experienced groups and are now starting to draw up a plan for activity at both stations. Initial ideas include tidying and planting, vegetable or herb gardens, art and music projects, information boards and the involvement of local schools and businesses. A grant has already been awarded for some planters at both stations, and it is hoped that a practical tidy-up session will take place in early October.

Anyone interested in helping or getting involved in any capacity will be warmly welcomed to the group’s next meeting at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 19th September at the Scout HQ on Sycamore Avenue. For information, contact Derrick Hodgson on 07745 016143/ derrick.hodgson@btinternet.com or Cllr Edwina Simpson on 07932 191558 / edwina.simpson@bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk