THREE Chester schoolchildren have showcased their safety first messages on a giant poster at the city’s railway station.
The display follows a competition held in Oldfield Primary School, Vicars Cross, where pupils were tasked with designing a poster which highlighted the dangers of railways and building sites.
Building contractor Strategic Team Group, which is working on the refurbishment of Chester Railway Station, is now displaying the three winning posters on a 10-metre hoarding around the site to raise awareness of safety.
More than 70 pupils from Oldfield submitted entries to the contest, and transport operator Arriva Trains Wales was left with the difficult job of choosing the top three.
First place went to Oliver Brunskill, aged 10, second was Jessica Dunning, 10 and third was Maggie Corr, eight. Each received book vouchers and the school received a £250 cheque toward school funds.
Strategic Team Group’s business development director Charles Tweed said: “Safety on our sites is a huge issue for us, so we are delighted local schoolchildren have put their creative caps on to design thought-provoking posters which will drive the safety message home to all involved in the refurbishment of Chester station.”
Oldfield Primary School headteacher Phil Choi added: “We are proud to support this exciting project, enabling our pupils to display their artistic talents as well as helping to reinforce the safety messages that are taught in school.”
Work is continuing to improve the station as part of a £1.7m refurbishment, and is scheduled to be completed in August.
The project includes a plan to build a new waiting area, retail units and train crew facilities.