Salisbury railway station opens its doors for community fun day

Published on : Saturday, August 23, 2014

South-West-Trains1Passengers and members of the local community are being invited to a behind-the-scenes look at Salisbury railway station on Sunday 31 August.

Entrance to the family fun day is free with activities, demonstrations and experiences for all the family to enjoy. The event is the idea of station staff who wanted to recognise the important role the station plays within the local community.

Between 1000hrs and 1600hrs, guests will be invited to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at the station on South Western Road and find out about important issues including safety on the railway. The open day also offers the opportunity for visitors to get to know their local station team.


The British Transport Police will be on site and will be holding safety awareness sessions on the Network Rail safety bus. The bus offers the public the opportunity to learn about all types of safety from experts. South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance employees will be hosting stalls, a raffle and mini land train rides on the day to raise money for Salisbury hospital’s charity, The Stars Appeal.


Salisbury station manager, Chloe Clarke said “This is the first time we’ve opened our doors to the local community in this way. It’s a great opportunity for our station staff to meet local residents and passengers and for us to show them what goes on behind the scenes at a station.
“We’re really looking forward to the day, which we’re sure will offer a great community family day out whilst helping us to raise some valuable funds for a worthy cause close to our hearts.”


Dave Cates from The Stars Appeal said, “It’s great news that the Stars Appeal has been chosen to benefit from the family fun day. The money raised will enable us to continue our life changing work for local people by helping to fund projects such as providing accommodation for the parents of sick children and babies, and social interaction and stimulating creative activities for older patients. We’d like to thank all the staff from the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance for their support.”
In addition to other on-site activities, visitors will be able to take a tour of the drivers cab, complete colouring and activity booklets and take part in a quiz with prizes. Experts will be on hand to highlight different features on trains and at the station and to provide a more technical insight and answer any questions.


The event is open to all and runs from 1000 to 1600.
Please note: access to the vast majority of the station is on a level surface, however space for wheelchairs and pushchairs may be limited in some areas. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Source:- South West Trains

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