As the national ‘Clap for the NHS’ took place for the fifth time during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it was Bristol Temple Meads station that was lit up in blue to show solidarity with front-line NHS staff and key workers across the country.
The tower over the main entrance was illuminated as part of the national show of appreciation for everyone who works for the NHS as the country faces a challenging time battling coronavirus. Staff at the station also came together to join the applause to pay tribute to NHS staff and all key workers.
Network Rail’s station manager at Bristol Temple Meads, Andy Phillips, said: “We are really proud of all NHS workers for what they are doing every day throughout the coronavirus crisis.
“Lighting the front of such an iconic station like Bristol Temple Meads seemed like a fitting way to show our appreciation.
“The station will be lit in blue each evening throughout the crisis so every evening those travelling to and from work know just how appreciated they are.”
Inside the station itself, various measures have been implemented to ensure that social distancing is maintained and to create safer walking routes for those passengers who still need to use the railway to travel during the crisis.
Passengers are being reminded of keeping to the left-hand side when they are walking along the stairs and NHS posters have been displayed across the station as a constant reminder to ensure everyone is following safety guidelines.
“We have placed vinyl stickers across the station floors which have been measured to be two metres apart,” Andy continued. “This will make it a lot easier for passengers to protect themselves when using the station for essential travel.”