News from East Midlands Trains

11.02.2013

Cheshire Best Kept Stations

 

Alsager scoops major Station Award

 

Alsager Railway Station has scooped the Cheshire East Award in the Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition.

 

Crewe was also named the Best Staffed Station in Cheshire and Chelford won the top award of Cheshire’s Best Kept Station.  A further 13 station won awards.

 

This is the 10th year of the Competition and Cheshire still remains the only county in the country to have its own competition.

 

The Awards were presented on Tuesday (22nd January 2013) at The Weaver Hall Museum on London Road, Northwich.

 

Over 90 guests attended the evening including the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire and 4 local Mayors.

 

Announcing the Awards, John Hulme, Organiser of Cheshire Best Kept Stations, said:

 

“Alsager Station deserves to win this top Award.

 

It won its first award last year through exceptional volunteer efforts from the local community, the judges have fast tracked them to top.

 

They were particularly impressed by the new mural that celebrates 164 years of rail services at Alsager and the summer bedding plants in red white and blue celebrating both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London 2012.

 

This was thanks to the village volunteers under the guidance of Faye Lambert, the Project Officer for the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership.

 

Alsager should be very proud of their railway station.”

 

For the second time Crewe Railway Station was named the Best Staffed Station in Cheshire for providing rail travellers with a positive experience.

 

Mr David Briggs, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire who was the Special Guest and presented the Awards said:

 

“The Annual Cheshire Best Kept Station competition is one of the most important community events of the year in Cheshire.

 

It brings together a wide range of people from all over the County who care about the environment in which we live and of course it also gives a great incentive to many groups to ensure that Cheshire stations are kept not only neat and tidy but also full of flowers and other attractions.

 

Everyone in the County owes a debt of gratitude to John Hulme who has for 10 years masterminded this event and also to all the many people who do so much to ensure the splendour of our local stations.”

 

Faye Lambert, Project Officer for the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, which works with the community and station volunteers to improve Alsager station for passengers, said:

 

 “It is a real boost for the Partnership and our dedicated team of station volunteers at Alsager to receive the Cheshire East Award. Recognition such as this inspires us to keep developing new projects to further improve this real community station.”

 

 

Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Service and Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains, said:

 

"This is fantastic news and we are really proud of all the volunteers at Alsager who have helped to transform this station.

 

This is great recognition for the team and proves that community partnerships really do help to deliver successful community stations."

 

Cllr George Walton, Mayor of Cheshire East said:

 

I would like to congratulate all those stations within Cheshire who have won these prestigious awards whether they are a small village station or a busy interchange.

 

A tidy and smart station makes a real difference to our local communities and for those visiting our towns and villages”.