SCHOOL pupils have been giving a train station a spring clean as part of a community tidy.
Fratton Big Local, a community organisation which was given £1m to spend in Fratton, Portsmouth over the next decade, joined forces with Priory School and South West Trains to clear up the station.
The initiative is part of South West Trains Green Week.
It took place on the central island of platforms 2 and 3 yesterday morning.
Stuart Mills is the community development worker for Fratton Big Local.
He said: ‘It’s important for young people to appreciate their environment.
‘When they come here and take part in something like this it makes them look at the place in a different way and it probably makes them take care of the environment around them.’
The youngsters were picking up litter, wiping down sign boards, cleaning the CCTV screens and generally tidying the station.
Fratton Big Local is planning to install a large wooden planter there later this year full of flowers to help brighten up the station.
Year 7 student Jake Creasey, 11, said: ‘It’s good because it helps and people think the station is good and they will come again.
‘It’s important to care for the environment.
‘I like doing something a bit different.’
Mel Lewis is a literacy co-ordinator at the school.
She said: ‘It’s playing a part in the community and representing the school.
‘It’s a positive experience for them to be involved in things that are going on around them.
‘It’s important. Hopefully they will have more respect for their local area.
‘It does help them and it benefits because they are doing team work.’
Rail operator Nick Emsley said: ‘It’s great. Anything to keep the station clean is a good idea.’
Visit frattonbiglocal.org.uk for more information.