Earlier today in my Merseytravel role, and along with other politicians and Merseytravel Officers I met up with Theresa Villiers MP, Minister of State for Transport, with responsibility for rail.
We met at Lime Street Station to look at the work done to transform the station to the point where it was awarded Station of The Year for this year. From there we went onto the state of the art station, Liverpool South Parkway to look at what can be achieved with the right funding.
Following the visit to the sublime Parkway station it was off to the very poor Liverpool Central Station and showed the Minister many of the problems that exist at the station, down to the fact that mums with prams and disabled users have to go down a naroow uncovered, open to the weather walkway to access the lift, this in 2010!
From there it was on to Liverpool James Street where the Minister unveiled Merseytravels latest piece of ‘Art on the Network’ entitled, One Love, One Life, One Liverpool by the local artist Grant Searl is part of Animate The Underground, which is a commission of works which will see the Underground Stations in Liverpool and Hamilton Square on the Wirral brought to life.
Merseytravel commissioned local artist Grant Searl to create 5 pieces of artwork that will be reproduced onto a large scales and display within each of the 5 underground station and all will have a connection which will all be revealed as the commission progresses. Grant’s work is very much inspired by the surrealist movement, Surrealist’s works feature an element of surprise and unexpected juxtapositions. This commission will continue to support Merseytravel’s Public Art Strategy, by enhancing the journey experience for the travelling public through the use of Public Art in all its forms, whilst providing a safe and stimulating environment in which to travel putting the passengers needs first.
I sincerely hope the Minister has gone away from Liverpool seeing just what efficient value for money Merseytravel provides, and can have the vision of what can be achieved across the five boroughs with the right funding.