A SENSE of community spirit has been injected into the heart of Altrincham with four colourful pieces of locally-produced artwork now on display around the interchange.

The unique artwork was created by students from Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, who attended the public unveiling of their creations at the interchange last Friday, April 20.

The four illustrative pieces, including a 'Welcome to Altrincham' flower bed display, have been installed on platform one.

The transport hub has also been decorated with 13 Marvellous Days Out posters, a nostalgic celebration of destinations on the Mid Cheshire Line.

Leanne Harris, head of art at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, said: “Having the student’s artwork on display around the interchange really allows us to capture the community spirit.

“It’s something that everyone involved can be really proud of for years to come.”

The four illustrative pieces of art are the result of the college's partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership.

The art installations support a survey last year, where customers requested a number of improvements to the tram, train and bus interchange.

TfGM looked at the findings of the 2017 survey and has cleaned up the tracks, added a new photo booth and made improvements on safety and hygiene – including improved lighting and clearer signage – to improve the customer’s overall experience.

Michael Keating, TfGM’s rail stations manager, attended the unveiling of the new artwork and praised the collaborative community effort to improve the appearance of the station.

He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic we have been able to get the local community involved in the development of Altrincham Interchange.

“Following the customer survey last November, we took on board everyone’s comments and have actively looked to make improvements.

“Making the interchange a more accessible and pleasant place for all is something we are really keen to do, and this is the next step to a brighter future.”