Salford City College students are behind the new steel artwork lining the walls of Walkden train station.

Students on the college’s BTEC art and design course came up with the series of travel-themed designs as part of a community project to improve the appearance of the 120-year old station in Manchester.

The project was conceived by the train operator Northern, the Friends of Walkden Station and Salford City Council, who enlisted the college and its students.

Manchester artist Mark Mennell worked closely with the students and chose a selection of their work which he made into 10 steel panels, which are now displayed outside the station entrance and continue down the stairwell.

“Working in partnership with the students from Salford City College really helped the delivery of an extremely important public art commission. Their ability to work as a team, even with these unfamiliar processes and with many high expectations, was truly an inspiration,” said Mr Mennell.

“As a result they have a set of completed artworks that reflect their creativity and hard work. Plus, these new pieces of art will create a much more enjoyable experience for the station’s users.”

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