Saddleworth pupils’ artwork shows pride in place at Greenfield station

Artwork by Saddleworth schoolchildren highlighting their pride in the local area is now on display at Greenfield station as part of the ‘Routes to roots: a platform for art’ project, funded by the Transpennine Route Upgrade.
Date 26.09.23

Pupils from Saddleworth High School and the wider area were guided by artist Chris Cyprus to create artwork that explains what makes them proud of the Greater Manchester parish.

One pupil has focussed on the iconic Dovestones reservoir and the fond memories it holds of her late mother. Another has expressed her love for Saddleworth after arriving from Ukraine to escape the war.

The pupils were guided by Mossley-based artist Chris through a commissioning process, learning to work to a brief and receiving insight on the development of their art by someone with decades of experience. See more of the project and the artwork in this video:


As part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade, a multi-billion-pound project to provide, faster, greener and more reliable trains between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York, Greenfield station is set to benefit from a major upgrade, including becoming fully-accessible for the first time in its history.

The Transpennine Route Upgrade has committed to delivering a minimum 50p value to society for every £1 spent on construction on the programme, generating £4.28 billion of social value.

Chris Cyprus, artist leading the project said:

“The Routes to Roots project taps into the creative potential of gifted students who are still in the process of discovering their future direction. Hopefully this will provide inspiration during a pivotal  stage of their lives.”

Natalie Hewitt, Senior Sponsor for the Transpennine Route Upgrade said:

“The Transpennine Route Upgrade will create opportunities for these young people as they enter the world of work or higher education later in the decade.

“Their pride in Saddleworth and the talent and dedication they have applied to this project is inspirational and we know that our ambition for the future of rail travel to and from Greenfield will match it.”

Craig Harrop, Regional Director at Northern, said:

“It’s wonderful to see the wealth of creative talent that we have in Saddleworth, which is now on display for everybody to see here at the heart of the community. The entries to the competition have been fantastic, and will really transform the station environment as we head into the programme of station upgrades.”