The latest in a series of Broads National Park art installations received some positive attention from Julian Glover who is leading the Government’s review of National Parks when he arrived at the Norwich train station yesterday.
The bespoke piece of art work was presented to Norwich Train Station by the Broads Authority and adorns two walls of the waiting room beside platform 1. The image was created by artist Dave Thompson and takes its inspiration from the vintage railway posters of the 1950s. Designed by Broads Authority graphic designer Karen Sayer, the piece of art stands at 2.8 meters tall and covers a total width of 6 meters. It also features a map of the Broads with stations featured to help travellers connect with the National Park by rail.
Chairman of the Broads Authority, Haydn Thirtle, said of the project:
“We are very grateful to Greater Anglia for donating the space for this latest installation. I really hope that the passengers and staff of Greater Anglia enjoy the beautiful broads scene recreated at the station. The Broads might have a strong association with rural locations but they wend their way into the heart of the city of Norwich via the Wensum. Since the river is directly in front of the train station there couldn’t be a better way to remind people how easy it is to access our historic and ecologically diverse waterways. It was fitting that Julian Glover saw evidence of our partnership with Greater Anglia to increase access to the Broads within seconds of arriving in the area”.
Access to the UK’s beloved landscapes is just one area being explored by the independent review panel, led by writer Julian Glover. It will also explore their role in growing the rural economy and whether there is scope for the current network of 34 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 10 National Parks to expand. As part of this review, the Government is also inviting the public to have their say on how our most cherished landscapes can be enhanced for the next generation. This call for evidence will close on 18 December.
The art work which is the third to be installed in major ‘gateways’ to the Broads National Park with others at Norwich Airport and Great Yarmouth Train Station was welcomed by James Reeve, Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Services Manager.
“We are delighted to work with the Broads Authority to promote the Broads National Park and have received many positive comments from customers about this installation which is brightening up the waiting room.
"With our great value fares and frequent services, a train from Norwich station is the easiest gateway to the Norfolk Broads and offers a greener way to travel, helping to protect this fragile ecosystem."
Friday 2 November 2018