Good weather graced us for the opening of the Rail Trail ‘Showing the Way’ and New Managing Director of South West Trains arrived in his usual good humour and a good hour before he was due to cut the ribbon, to walk the route. Trudi Lloyd Williams was there early too, with her brush and polish to make sure the pavers looked absolutely their best, which of course they did.
The time came to cut the ribbon and the speeches made, with the Friends of Lymington Brockenhurst providing welcome drink of squash for the thirsty and tea for the thirstier.
The trail opened and the leaflets distributed, we so really hope that the passengers and towns community appreciate the amount of work undertaken by all partners to improve access to the town.
Along the route that now ‘Shows the Way’ we have the map boards at the station and the top of the town by the Church, new finger posts showing the way to the station from the town, a crossing, to help folk navigate a sometime very busy Gosport street and of course, the pavers to follow and extensive work on the roads to make good the surrounding area.
The very exciting news is that Bobby Lock, Rail Development Officer have entered the project and artist into a national award through ‘ACoRP’ and it has been shortlisted in two categories; 1, ‘Involving Young People and 2, Community Art’.
These prestigious awards are in September in Swindon, where Bobby Lock will be present on a table hosted by Stagecoach. Watch this space!!!!