Published: 09:43, 25 March 2019
| Updated: 18:56, 25 March 2019
Work to transform a dingy underpass into an art trail is well underway.
Ashford Borough Council is working with McArthurGlen and Network Rail to deliver the scheme - which will see colourful murals painted over the dull brickwork and new lighting added to improve the safety of the site.
The initiative has been brought to life by artist Lionel Stanhope, who has been commissioned by Network Rail to paint the murals on the underpass walls and entrance.
The first mural - a vintage style railway sign - has already gone up along the busy underpass.
Mr Stanhope said: "I’m really excited to be part of this project as it takes my work further out of London into areas that I didn’t think I’d be working.
“It’s also great to do some outreach work with a big local school and engage them in my work. Hopefully it will inspire artists of the future."
Pupils from The North School, who travel through the underpass daily, have been invited to design a mural for a section of the walls.
A competition will run in the school and the winning design will be recreated on the walls of the underpass.
Work on the new look underpass is set to be completed by the end of summer.
It will be painted yellow and green to reflect the colours of the borough council and Southern Railway.
Tracey Butler, head of environment and land management at the council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that this initiative has taken off.
"This is a really important passageway, used by many Ashford residents, and these improvements will make it a much safer, more attractive way to connect key areas of the town.”