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Remembering Turnpike Lane’s railway past

An electricity substation has provided the unlikely canvas for a piece of artwork recalling Turnpike Lane’s railway heritage.

From Press releases - 12 March 2014 12:00 AM

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An electricity substation has provided the unlikely canvas for a piece of artwork recalling Turnpike Lane’s railway heritage.

When community art organisation Turnpike Art Group (TAG) wanted to introduce a work to Graham Road in Turnpike Lane, north London, they turned to substation owner UK Power Networks, which owns and manages the electricity networks for London, the East of England and the South-East.

James Straffon, from TAG, said: “The artwork was to be a commemoration of the railway line which ran through the location until about 50 years ago. Some old rail tracks and a plaque had been installed and we wanted to embellish this further for the benefit of the community.”

So they approached the company for permission to paint Stan the station master, Elsie at her ticket office window and Milli the station dog on to the brickwork of the substation.

James said: “Now it has been completed, we have had some really positive feedback from the locals. We wanted to bring a sense of pride and cohesiveness, as well as pleasure, to those who walk by on a daily basis.

“We are so grateful to UK Power Networks for sharing our artistic vision and allowing us to use their substation.”

Chris Chapman is a surveyor in the property and consents team at UK Power Networks. He said: “Although we had to be careful about what designs were used, we were pleased to be able to help brighten this part of north London. We are part of the communities we serve and this is a good example of us involving ourselves for the benefit of all.”

Meanwhile, an updated plan for future electricity services, shaped by those who use it and including future innovation projects, has been published by UK Power Networks. You can have your say on the 2015 – 2023 business plan at: http://bit.ly/13G5Bw3