A popular mural commemorating one of the UK’s first female train drivers will remain in place at Euston station.

Avanti West Coast and Network Rail announced on International Women’s Day (March 8) that the image of Karen Harrison would no longer be removed as originally planned.

Karen Harrison became a train driver in 1979 after she applied to British Rail as K Harrison and was given an interview in the belief she was a man.

The mural, created by renowned street artist Akse, was initially installed to encourage more women to consider working in rail as a career.

Ham & High: Karen Harrison became one of the UK's first female train drivers in 1979Karen Harrison became one of the UK's first female train drivers in 1979 (Image: Avanti West Coast)

During the campaign, more than 1,500 applications from women were received, all hoping to secure one of the 100 to 120 new driver roles with Avanti West Coast.

Women who work for Avanti West Coast and Network Rail gathered by the mural to celebrate Karen’s achievements for International Women’s Day.

Simon Bennett, head of stations and passenger experience at Network Rail, said: “We are honoured to be the custodian of this mural at London Euston station.

“What better place to host this dedication to trailblazer Karen Harrison than one of our platforms that is used by thousands of passengers every day.

“I hope this mural continues to spark interest in a career in the rail industry and helps realise our ongoing ambition to increase the number of female colleagues at Network Rail.”

Read more on the Avanti West Coast website