A new shelter for people waiting for taxis or for friends to pick them up by car, has been erected outside of Crewkerne Railway Station. The shelter was paid for through the green token scheme at Waitrose stores in Crewkerne and match funding by South West Trains. The initiative was put forward by the Friends of Crewkerne Station, who ran a survey to determine what better facility their members would like to see at the station.
A majority of members favoured a seat and shelter at the front of the station. The Friends of Crewkerne Station are very grateful to the customers at Waitrose, who put their green tokens in the Friends box, as it enabled them to match fund with South West trains for the seat and shelter. Stations Manager Glen Hatherley at South West Trains said: “I found myself outside the station once, waiting for a taxi for hours, in freezing wet weather so I am personally very pleased to see the seat with the shelter.”
Tony Reese, chairman of Friends of Crewkerne Station said: “We are so pleased to see the seat and shelter here and grateful to Richard Kempton, the Community Liaison Officer at South West Trains, for all the effort he put into negotiations with other departments of SWT to get get them installed.”
Duty manager at Waitrose stores in Crewkerne, Matt Foxwell officially cut the ribbon at the shelter on Friday morning. Mr Foxwell was joined by members of the Friends of Crewkerne Station, Henryk Ploszek, Gail Coleshill (secretary), Jane Gibbons, Tony Reese (chairman), Sue Vagg and (social secretary) Heather Sargeant.