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  • Pontlottyn Station Project

    This project involved five young people from the Caerphilly County Borough Council Youth Offending Service and focused on repainting Pontlottyn station in the Rhymney Valley.

    The unstaffed station endured anti-social behaviour, which affected passenger perception of safety and security.  For six weeks, the young people worked with their supervisors and staff to repaint more than 120m of platform railings and platform light columns in Arriva's corporate livery.

    Jez Williams, station manager, said: “Our objective was to offer youngsters an opportunity to contribute in a positive way in the community and improve the appearance of the station.  We have been impressed by their commitment and standard of work, which has transformed the appearance of the station.”

    He continued: “The project forms part of a wider objective to address the issue of anti social behaviour at Pontlottyn.  In creating a brighter and more welcoming environment for passengers and staff, we are seeking to eliminate the problem at the station by stimulating a sense of respect and pride in this important community facility.”

    Speaking on behalf of the Youth Offending Service, John Roberts said: “The work has been a real benefit for the young people and we’re pleased with the way they engaged with the project.  They have been able to make a real difference and they can be proud of their achievements.”

    In addition to the present ban on drinking alcohol at stations, which is being enforced by British Transport Police with the support from Gwent Police, Arriva Trains Wales has invested in new, brighter lighting to improve safety and security at the station.  A new waiting shelter has also been installed as part of the National Stations Improvement Programme.