Volunteers celebrate opening of revamped Batley station

Gwen Lowe and Jo Cox pictured in front of the new muralThe revamp of Batley Station was officially opened on Friday with a celebration of all the work that has been done.

The Friends of Batley Station, which was created by Batley councillor Gwen Lowe and Jo Cox MP, has led the work to rejuvenate the station. This included securing invaluable support from PPG, the Birstall paint and coatings company.

More than 100 PPG volunteers completed painting the entire station on Friday, including the old waiting room, which will now become a community space, and a spectacular mural along the subway that links the two platforms.

Mrs Cox said: “The transformation of Batley station is absolutely amazing. The work PPG and its staff and volunteers have done is incredible.

Friends of Batley Station“Friday’s celebration not only launches our wonderful revamped station but pays tribute to PPG, the Friends of Batley Station and all those who have played a role in making it happen.

“When we formed FOBS I don’t think any of us imagined just how this project would capture people’s imaginations. It shows what a community can do when we all come together.”

Mrs Cox wrote a piece for yesterday’s Yorkshire Post newspaper on the benefits of community rail projects, such as the Friends of Batley Station. You can read it by clicking here.

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