The latest arrival at platform 2 at Boston Station is...a spectacular piece of art
Created by artist Alisha Miller for East Midlands Railway (EMR) and the Poacher Line, the 27 metre artwork on platform 2 and was inspired by the Poacher Line which runs from Nottingham to Skegness.
Alisha travelled the line for several months, chatting with passengers, conductors and rail staff, asking the question: “Tell me something surprising about travelling on the Poacher Line?” to draw inspiration for the work.
The artwork is the beginning of a revamp of Boston station, which has recently gained 15 new station adopters to help keep it spic and span.
Over the next few months, the station adopters will be busy installing new planters and the Poacher Line CRP have further plans to add some artwork to the front of the station in 2021.
Donna Adams, Community Engagement Manager for EMR said: “The artwork will brighten up the station for our passengers and help create a more colourful and interesting space.
“Railways have always played a vital role within local communities and they become better gateways when communities are engaged in making them more welcoming for passengers and visitors. “
Jo Andrews, Community Rail Officer for the Poacher Line said: "We are thrilled to have been able to work with Alisha to commission this impressive installation which showcases the diversity of the Poacher Line and highlights the importance of the railway in connecting communities.
“Over the next two years Boston station will see major redevelopment and this artwork is the first of many improvements which will enhance the station and will be enjoyed by those passing through for many years to come.
“I would like to thank our partners at East Midlands Railway and Network Rail for helping bring this idea to life and a huge thank you to the Community Rail Network and CrossCountry for funding this project."
Paul Webster, Community Rail Support Manager said: "Community Rail Network are pleased to have been able to support this fantastic project at Boston station through the DfT Community Rail Development Fund.
"Every railway station has a story to tell and this magnificent artwork certainly tells both the story of Boston and of the whole Poacher Line, one of 72 community rail lines across the railway network.
"There is so much to see on this scenic community rail line and we are sure this artwork will add an extra dimension and inspire journeys for passengers using the station and visiting the town."