STATION BOSSES IN HOT WATER

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Volunteers, who have spent thousands of hours revamping Belper station, have slammed rail bosses after they refused to fund a tap to water the plants.

Members of Transition Belper have transformed the fortunes of Belper station since formally adopting it last April, after it was left untended for more than seven years.

Their work has even been nominated for a national award, with passenger numbers on the increase , mounds of rubbish being removed and overgrown areas being replaced with well tended greenery.

However, during the hot weather, volunteers have had to spend up to two hours driving water across town to ensure plants survive. When they asked Network Rail for a tap to ease the burden, the group were told the company had no budget for such projects.

Kathy Fairweather, from Transition Belper, said: “It’s a multi-billion pound organisation and they are saying they can’t afford a tap - it’s ridiculous.

“We have given them countless hours free of charge and done all this work for them and then they say that - it’s disgraceful.

“People are using the station more because of how it looks – their attitude has really annoyed me.

“The weather has been so dry and the rain has been welcome. The volunteers have worked really hard. It takes in excess of two hours to water the station, as we have to ferry the water from our homes.”

Network Rail, which is responsible for maintaining the “overall asset condition” of its stations, has a budget of around £40.1 billion to spend over the next five years.

The Belper News asked the firm for a comment, but it was unable to provide one as the newspaper went to press.

Firms who could help sponsor a station tap are being urged to call Kathy on 07779 412 702.

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