Passengers at Oxted station were in for a surprise when they started their Monday morning commute. The glass entrance porch to platform 2 has been transformed with a huge, colourful display promoting the 153 mile North Downs Way walking trail and access stations on the rail network from the Kent coast and through Surrey.
The Trail Manager, Peter Morris came to us some time ago asking if we could work with him on a project to promote a ‘hop on, hop off’ way to walk the trail in manageable sections by using the rail network. Southern agreed to help and produced a series of posters which have been installed at various of their stations giving directions from the stations to the Trail. (poster attached).
SCRP had already been working at Oxted station with various planting and artwork projects saw an opportunity to go big and bold. The huge glass porch that covers the entrance to platform 2 offered a fantastic showcase to support the project that can be viewed from both platforms.
Graham Upton (ACoRP awarding winning artist) was asked to lead the design and with information provided by Peter Morris and SCRP he set about designing a tube inspired, easy to follow map of the Trail. He also spent time photographing various locations along the trail to use in his design. ACoRP were approached and asked to support the project, which they generously funded.
Last week on a very windy platform the installation took place, at 8.25 X 1.60 metres it is hard to miss, almost immediately inquisitive passengers stopped to look and ask questions;
What is the North Downs Way?
How far is it?
Where is that particular image?
Who designed this?
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One of the Southern station posters
Before and after photos.