Thursday 30th April saw Cardiff Central station lit up blue to honour the NHS and other workers through the COVID pandemic by the Network Rail staff.
With the station being lit up, it also shows support for the station staff when they come into work.
The Cardiff Central station was opened in 1850 as Cardiff Station before it was renamed in 1924 to Cardiff General. It was then renamed again in 1973 to the current Cardiff Central. The station is the busiest in Wales and owned by Network Rail but is managed by Transport for Wales.
For the foreseeable future, Cardiff Central will light up blue every night to show they support for the NHS and other critical workers.
What did the officials say?
Bill Kelly, Network Rail’s Route Director for Wales and Borders, said:
“What we have seen from our NHS workforce, and indeed from all frontline workers over the last number of weeks, is nothing short of astounding. There really aren’t enough words to thank them. We are all very proud of what they are doing for the whole country.
“Network Rail is continuing to work closely with the wider railway family, such as Transport for Wales, to ensure we continue to maintain a safe and reliable service for those passengers who do need to travel, and to keep important freight moving around the network.
“The lighting up of Cardiff Central is a simple yet effective way we can join in with the entire nation in saying “thank you” to all those critical workers.”
James Price, CEO of Transport for Wales, said:
“I’d like to thank all our NHS staff and other frontline workers who are truly dedicated and supporting the country in the fight against Covid19. Across the whole of our network we’ve seen a collaborative team approach and it’s great to pay tribute to all those involved.
“We continue to urge all our customers to please stay at home and our recent figures reveal a 95% passenger number drop, which indicates that people are listening. We are currently running a reduced timetable to ensure those who do need to travel are able to do so, and we’ve expanded our cleaning capabilities to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.”
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