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Burton upon Trent Railway Station is Welcome Gateway to The National Forest

Friday, 27th February 2009

Burton upon Trent Railway Station is Welcome Gateway to The National Forest

Visitors to the station are now able to see the beautifully restored platform wildlife garden and read about both The National Forest and the fascinating brewing history of the town – in which the station has played a key role.  A leaflet rack near the ticket office enables visitors to then take information away with them to make the most of their trip to the Forest.

Sophie Churchill from the National Forest Company said: “Hundreds of thousands of people use Burton upon Trent station each year yet may not be aware that it lies at the heart of The National Forest - this bold environmental project that is transforming 200 square miles of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.  The new facilities will help to raise awareness of the Forest and encourage visitors to explore the area further. The station is a true gateway from which to set off and explore this ‘forest in the making’.”

The new facilities complement information points installed throughout The National Forest as part of a wider Advantage West Midlands (AWM) funded Visitor Infrastructure Project.  The project is designed to promote the wealth of things to see and do across the 200 square mile Forest, and make the connections between one part of the Forest and another. 

Nigel Russell, AWM Tourism Policy and Research Manager, said: “Investment in visitor infrastructure is crucial to the long term development of The National Forest as a high quality visitor destination.  Advantage West Midlands is pleased to have made a contribution of almost a quarter of a million pounds to The National Forest’s ongoing development programme.  The new facilities at Burton upon Trent railway station really add to the experience of visitors arriving here in the ‘capital’ of The National Forest and provide a great welcome to the town and surrounding areas.”

Other sites that feature new facilities as part of the project include the National Forest Maize Maze, Barton Marina, Jacksons Bank on the Duchy of Lancaster Estate, MOTO Service Area Tamworth and the National Memorial Arboretum.  Each site has been installed with imaginative information points, ranging from the shelters, panels and benches, to listening posts and touchscreen kiosks. 

The project follows the success of the Visitor Infrastructure Project across the East Midlands side of The National Forest, where new facilities were installed at twenty venues including attractions such as Conkers Discovery Centre and Snibston, woodland sites such as Sence Valley Forest Park, Poppy Wood and Beacon Hill Country Park, as well as Donington and Leicester Forest East Service Areas on the M1, and the Tourist Information Centres at Ashby de la Zouch and Swadlincote.

The work across all venues is due to be completed by March 2009.  In the meantime, visitors can find more information on the huge choice of things to do and see in the Forest or places to stay for a brilliant weekend break by contacting the National Forest Company on 01283 551211 or click here to go to the Visit & Explore section.