Basingstoke railway station was decked in the colours of the rainbow to mark Pride month.

As part of South Western Railway’s (SWR) support for Pride celebrations a number of stations turned a shade of rainbow, including Basingstoke.

The foot tunnel of the town centre station was transformed into the colours of the Pride flag last month.

Glen Willie, inclusion and diversity manager for South Western Railway, said: “We are delighted that so many of our colleagues across the route have got in the mood for Pride.

“Last month, the Basingstoke station team adorned the foot tunnel with rainbow artwork.”

He added: “This is a great way to show our support for Pride and involve our customers and colleagues in the celebrations.”

As well as the Basingstoke station being given a splash of colour, staff decked other stations in rainbow colours, including a special effect installation on the overbridge at Southampton Central, to mark a summer of Pride.

Each window on the rainbow overbridge at Southampton Central is bathed in a colour from the iconic Pride flag, whilst at night the effects can be seen from the station’s exterior.

Satty Potiwal, duty station manager at Southampton Central, said: “We know that our colleagues across the network have been doing their bit to support Pride events, so we were very excited to see the rainbow effect installation at ours.

“We truly believe that diversity is a strength, not a weakness. We hope these small, symbolic acts of inclusivity demonstrates that.”

There are a number of other Pride events taking place on the SWR network this summer, including the Isle of Wight Pride, Pride in Surrey and Weymouth and Portland Pride.

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