31 October 2023

Train stations given spooky names to mark Halloween

31 October 2023

Rail passengers across the UK may have noticed something eerie during their journey as a number of stations were renamed with a Halloween twist.

Those travelling with Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern railways would have spotted up to five renamed train stations on the customer information screens and live departure boards on October 31.

Govia Thameslink Railway renamed Brighton as Frighton, Huntingdon as Hauntingdon and Billingshurst as Chillingshurst in a series of Halloween twists.

Winchmore Hill became Witchmore Hill and Crawley was given a “Creepy” addition.

The temporary changes were in place all day, with travellers getting involved by sharing their photos of the station names on social media.

Mark Pavlides, chief customer officer at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “We know that Halloween is a real hit with families, so we’ve decided to have some seasonal fun by renaming selected stations across the network.

“We’d love people to get involved by sharing pictures if they spot one of our ghoulish tricks when travelling today.”

Passengers were encouraged to share their pictures online by tagging @southernrailuk, @TLRailUK or @GNRailUK if they spotted any station names with a Halloween twist.

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