Charity will brighten up station with f lower power

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BENTON Metro station is set to be given a facelift, courtesy of nearby Forest Hall’s Percy Hedley Foundation.

The charity for the disabled has become the first organisation to adopt a Tyne and Wear Metro station.

The move is set to brighten up the station as the charity will be installing temporary artwork and floral planters on the platforms.

The foundation’s project team will not only be growing the plants but also building the planters to put them in, as well as producing all their own artwork.

The station adoption scheme also enables those involved to regularly check the station for graffiti, vandalism and litter.

Richard McClean, managing director of Metro operator DB Regio, said: “The adoption of Benton station has many benefits, not only to passengers but to the residents of Percy Hedley and Metro overall.

“The Percy Hedley team will help Metro staff to become more accustomed to the needs of passengers with disabilities and also provide training and education to the team.

“This is the first station on the network to be officially adopted by a local organisation, and we are keen to see more adoptions across the network.

“It is an opportunity for Metro to engage with various organisations in the Tyne and Wear community, and we are looking forward to hearing from anybody interested in adopting a station.”

Foundation chief executive Carole Harder said: “The work we are doing at Benton Metro station is mutually beneficial for all concerned.

“Our service users gain a sense of pride in their work, DB Regio and its staff support a local charity, and the travelling public who use Benton station get to see some fantastic original artwork and beautiful plants and shrubs.”

As part of the new partnership, help will also be on hand for passengers from volunteer Alan Wilson.

The 50-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer, a resident at the foundation, will be offering support and guidance to travellers every Thursday at the Monument Metro station in Newcastle.