Local rail campaigner Jim Wade is proud to have been chosen to adopt Corby railway station and he’s planning to brighten it up with planters and flower beds.
The adoption scheme was launched in 2009 by East Midlands Trains and looks for volunteers to ensure that stations are well presented.
A member of the Friends of Corby Station, Jim lives close by in the Old Village and four years ago was a key figure in the campaign to provide rail services to London.
He regularly visits the station and said: “I have a coffee in the nice little coffee bar and a chat with staff to find out what is going on. I rarely find anything out of place.”
East Midlands Trains appealed to the community to get involved in volunteering to care for their local station.
Jim applied for the role and was selected to adopt Corby station after being interviewed twice.
He said: “The station manager wanted to know what ideas I had about making improvements.
Talking about the current look of the station, Jim said: “It’s modern, it’s minimalist but it’s soulless.”
Jim plans to improve the atmosphere by adding large planters and floral displays.
He said: “I want to add a bit of beautification and if I see something that needs doing, I will draw it to the attention of the staff. It is all about adding value to what is a major gateway to Corby.”
“Quarter on quarter the number of people using the station has increased and there are a large number of people coming to Corby to work. They flood off the train in the mornings.”
Jim is excited about improvements planned at the station for a second track and has plans to develop the bank by the second platform once the upgrade is complete.
He said: “It would be nice to have flower beds which spell out the name Corby.”
East Midlands Trains had been considering reducing the station’s staffing levels and opening times.
Jim said: “When they saw evidence of increasing numbers of people using the station, they changed their minds.”
In April Corby station was reclassified from a category E station to category D, due to increasing numbers of rail passengers.