Paintings created by school children have transformed a run-down train station into a work of art.

Pupils from Berry Grove Primary School and the Francis Combe Academy designed a series of murals to be displayed along the platform at Garston train station, off Fourth Avenue.

Their work, unveiled on Thursday, was part of youth project launched by Groundwork Hertfordshire to help regenerate the station, backed by partners including London Midland, Network Rail, Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership, Watford Borough Council, Watford Community Housing Trust, North Watford Extended Schools Co-ordinator and Garston Residents' Association.

More than 60 residents also took part in a community art day to create seven large wooden painted shapes to decorate the footpath that leads to the station.

Graeme Endersby, Youth and Employment Manager, said: “Garston’s success was due to a good understanding from all partners as to the objectives of the project, and the creation of innovative art work by the community and young people to inspire visitors to the station.

"I hope that this project will allow local residents to feel proud of their station and make it an attractive transport link for commuters to use.”

Stuart Pile, chairman of the Community Rail Partnership and Hertfordshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said: ”The results are truly striking and contrast radically from the previous appearance of the station. Involving the local schools, residents and individual young people has allowed the community to take ownership of the station, and they should feel proud of what they have achieved.”