Grantham tunnel goes from grubby to gleaming

Rail underpass in Grantham given a make-over by volunteers.
Rail underpass in Grantham given a make-over by volunteers.
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A grotty rail underpass in Grantham has been spruced up by a team of community-minded volunteers.

The pedestrian tunnel, between Station Road and Huntingtower Road, was the focus of a multi-agency community action day today (Wednesday), as part of the Grantham Clean and Green partnership between the Journal and SKDC.

The walkway has been cleared of litter and covered in anti-graffiti paint by volunteers from Network Rail, South Kesteven District Council’s waste and recycling team, East Coast Trains, British Transport Police and Huntingtower Community Primary Academy.

SKDC supplied over 15 volunteers with bin bags, brushes, litter pickers, gloves and hi-vis vests.

Later in the day they also helped remove larger items of rubbish to the nearby household waste and recycling centre in Mowbeck Way.

Children at the school are now set to design a mural for the outer bridge wall at the site to cover the remaining graffiti in the area.

SKDC’s operations director Ian Yates said: “We thank Network Rail for co-ordinating the day and all fellow partners for their support.

“We’re determined to continue the campaign to make Grantham clean and green and we need the community’s help to tackle troublespots such as this.

“This is a very popular route to the station and town centre and we know the vast majority of people never drop litter.

“But we need those who use it regularly to report those who choose to disregard the rules.

“If anyone witnesses individuals dropping litter, fly-tipping or scrawling graffiti in the area please contact us on 01476 406080.”

Liz Reedy, community safety manager for Network Rail, said: “We thank every agency who got involved in the clear-up from 7.30am onwards to clean what has been a source of concern for a long time.

“We’re very pleased our partners in the rail industry and the local community have come together to make a real difference to the area.

“We hope the community respond to this clean up and take more ownership of the underpass so the risk of future vandalism and littering can be reduced.”