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Stagecoach’s rail franchises – East Midlands Trains and South West Trains – have picked up two of the top awards and five runners-up prizes in this year’s Community Rail Awards, highlighting the transport group’s continued commitment to community involvement.
At East Midlands Trains, the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership collected two winner’s awards for Belper station. The first was in the category of best community art scheme for the new station mosaic and artwork, a year long project developed by Transition Belper working with four local schools and hundreds of members of the local community. This project also won best community rail photo, taken by local photographer Ashley Franklin. The North Staffordshire Line, which operates between Derby and Crewe, had success in three of the award categories. The team picked up second place awards for involving young people for the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership’s artwork project with the REACH Pupil Referral Unit in Stoke, best marketing campaign for the ‘Make Tracks for Alsager’ campaign and in the passengers matter category for ‘A Spotter Tea’, the new community cafe at Kidsgrove station.
The South West Trains team picked up the second prize in the outstanding teamwork award for the project on the Island line to repair the network after poor weather in 2014 led to a landslide and subsidence. The project included South West Trains, the Island Line Community Rail Partnership, Network Rail, Southern Vectis and a variety of community partners. Bob Painton, Swaythling Station Adopter, received second place for outstanding volunteer contribution for his hard work over the past eight years, including leading a project commemorating World War One in Swaythling with children from Cantell Secondary School and other volunteer groups.
Emma Knight, Stagecoach Group Head of Media and Public Affairs, said: “These awards are a well deserved endorsement of the dedication and commitment of our Community Rail Partnerships, our valued station volunteers and the other organisations we work with to create a better train service for our passengers. We would like to pass on our congratulations to all of the winners.”
The Community Rail Awards is an annual awards event run by ACoRP (the Association of Community Rail Partnerships). They were set up in 2005 so that the unsung heroes and heroines of the community rail world would have their hard work and dedication publicly recognised and rewarded. This year’s awards were held in Torquay on 1 October.
For more information about the ACoRP awards, visit www.acorp.uk.com.