Today saw the official unveiling of some eyecatching new artwork at Oxted Railway Station. The glass entrance porch to platform 2 has been transformed with a huge, colourful display promoting the 153 mile North Downs Way National Trail and access stations on the rail network from the Kent coast and through the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The project is the brainchild of trail Manager, Peter Morris who was keen to promote a ‘hop on, hop off’ way to walk the trail in manageable sections by using the rail network. Southern Railway agreed to help and produced a series of posters which have been installed at a number of their stations giving directions from the stations to the Trail. The project has been also rolled out across Great Western Railway managed stations, providing walkers and commuters with information and access routes to and from the trail.
Artist Graham Upton created the tube inspired design at Oxted Station which includes an easy to follow map of the Trail. He also spent time photographing various locations along the trail to use in his design.
For further information on Rail to Trail visit; https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/north-downs-way/news/oxted-station-installation-rail2trail