Bringing the seaside to the underground

Teenage volunteers and team leader Amie Smith created a mosaic in London Road Station

Teenage volunteers and team leader Amie Smith created a mosaic in London Road Station

First published in News

Teenagers have transformed a dingy railway station underpass by creating a multi-coloured mural along one of its walls.

London Road underpass in Brighton was closed while the National Citizen Service volunteers installed their Seagulls-inspired creation.

The 16 and 17-year-olds were working with Albion in the Community, the charity wing of Brighton and Hove Albion FC, and the London Road Station Partnership (LRSP).

Elspeth Broady, from LRSP, said the youngsters had sourced all the tiles for the eight-metre creation donated from local businesses.

She said: “We were absolutely bowled over. They did it all in a week. It is a beautiful mosaic which everybody is incredibly pleased with around here.

“It is not only making the underpass much more agreeable but also safer. A grotty underpass can be a bit intimidating.”

David Freeborn, NCS co-ordinator for Albion in the Community, said: “It has exceeded expectations.”

The team celebrated the mosaic’s finishing on Friday with cakes and tea. They have been blogging about the experience at londonrdstationpartnership.wordpress.com.

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