Boris Johnson unveils new Carbis Bay station sign
As the leaders of the G7 group of countries arrive in Carbis Bay, Cornwall for their 47th annual summit, they are able to feast their eyes on Ground Control's recently completed track-side landscaping project at the local railway station.
World leaders will be hosted in the coastal village of Cornwall by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss, among other things, the global challenge of climate change. So it’s fitting Ground Control re-created the 15-metre signage that used to be present at the station back in the 1960’s – commissioned by Network Rail and with Sir Peter Hendy involved in the design – using recycled sleepers and local Cornish granite setts, amongst shrubs and wildflowers that will, when in bloom provide much-needed food for pollinators. It’s also a great way of saying thank you to residents of the seaside resort for welcoming the summit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a new Carbis Bay station sign today (Thursday 10 June) almost 70 years after his grandfather helped build the original.
The sign has been reinstated by Network Rail with their Chair, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, joining the Prime Minister at a ceremony held at the picturesque setting in Cornwall.
The new station sign is situated opposite the station platform. The border of the sign is made from re-used railway sleepers with the letters made from granite stone and infilled with seashells, in homage to design of the original station sign. The remaining space is filled with a series of plants adding some additional colour to the sign.
The original sign was constructed out of seashells but is believed to have been removed during World War Two. Following the War, the sign was rebuilt from white cobbles in the 1950s.
This addition to Carbis Bay station concludes Network Rail’s recent upgrades on the St Ives Bay line, following work earlier this year to complete a £3m track renewal between Carbis Bay and St Ives as well as resurfacing the platform at Carbis Bay station. This was the biggest track investment on the St Ives Bay line in 60 years and is helping to provide a more reliable railway for passengers in Cornwall.
Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair of Network Rail, said:
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said:
Christian Irwin, Network Rail industry programme director, said:
GWR Managing Director, Mark Hopwood, said: