Street artists updates Salford mural to show Northern’s newest trains
A renowned street artist has revamped a mural at one of Northern’s Greater Manchester stations to showcase the operator’s newest trains.
Existing artwork on platform one at Salfold Central has been given a revamp, with the new version showing Northern’s Class 195 and Class 331 trains rather than Class 142 and Class 319, which have since been retired from service and upgraded respectively.
Commissioned by Northern and Transport for Greater Manchester, the mural was repainted by renowned Manchester-born street artists Tony Brady aka kELzO and Evan Barlow, – who also did the original artwork.
The work took the pair about 20 hours to complete.
The street artist gained notoriety in the early 1990s when he turned the inner-city area of Hulme, Manchester into one of the biggest outdoor street art galleries in Europe.
He has since appeared in countless international publications, as well as being commissioned to design sets for a variety of television and film productions.
Craig Harrop, regional director at Northern said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the very talented Tony and Evan, the new mural really brightens up platform one and shows off our newest trains – of which we are very proud.”
In 2019 Northern introduced 101 brand new trains, which are now in service. The diesel (Class 195) and electric (Class 331) trains feature free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, at-seat power and customer information screens with real-time information. They are also more spacious and fully accessible, with spaces for wheelchairs and bikes.
Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.