Picture perfect Wakefield celebrated in new vibrant station artwork

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has unveiled a new piece of artwork at Wakefield Westgate railway station which celebrates the city, its heritage and culture.

Wakefield Cathedral, the city’s art gallery, The Hepworth, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park are just some of the landmarks and attractions featured in the special painting by Yorkshire based artist Tom Wriglesworth. The original vibrant canvas, painted with acrylic, will go on display in the First Class Lounge, with a larger replica mural taking pride of place in the station’s main concourse.

Claire Ansley, People and Customer Experience Director at LNER, said: “We are proud of the communities we serve. This new piece of art showcases Wakefield’s attractions and celebrates the history and heritage of the area. We hope it provides a warm welcome for customers using our services and the station but also shows just some of what the city has to offer. Thanks to our regular direct services between Wakefield Westgate and London King’s Cross, there are plenty of opportunities for people to come and explore the city and surrounding area.”

The artist behind ‘Wonderful Wakefield’ is primary school teacher, Tom Wriglesworth, who says he is honoured to have been asked to create the artwork: “When my sister and I were little, we visited Wakefield with our parents, going to Sandal Castle, The Hepworth, the National Coal Mining Museum and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. All these places feature and I hope I have done them proud. My great-grandfather and great uncle both worked on LNER trains years ago, so to have the Wriglesworth name associated with the company once more is really special to me.”

The artwork is the latest to feature at Wakefield station and forms part of LNER’s investment in its stations to provide customers with the best possible experience. LNER continues to have the largest recovery of franchised operators as customers return to rail, topping the table for sixth consecutive quarter. Data published recently by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) shows that LNER passenger journeys are now at 105 per cent when compared with the same period for 2019.

Photo credit: LNER

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