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Community groups from across the UK will be gathering in Derby tomorrow (Thursday 5 October) to help recognise and celebrate the fundamental role that community rail plays in maintaining and improving the railway network for customers.
Derby has been chosen as the location for the 13th annual Association of Community Rail Partnership Awards, which will be held in the Roundhouse on the evening of Thursday 5 October, and East Midlands Trains has arranged a host of activities to welcome people to the city. As well as being the home of East Midlands Trains, Derby also remains a global centre for railway operations with a proud rail heritage spanning back over nearly 180 years.
The ACoRP Awards are designed to recognise and reward the unsung heroes of the community rail world for their hard work and dedication. East Midlands Trains and its community partners have been shortlisted for a total of 14 awards in this year’s awards
In addition to the awards, East Midlands Trains has arranged two days of activities for guests visiting Derby, with a tour of its maintenance depot, Etches Park, and a seminar on community rail. On Friday morning, there will also be a train naming at Derby station to recognise the achievements of community rail. Guests at the community rail awards have been invited to join a special train trip on one of Derby’s Community Rail Lines, the Derwent Valley Line which runs between Derby and Matlock, to see first-hand some of the valuable work carried out by East Midlands Trains with its community partners and team of station adopters.
Jake Kelly, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re really proud to be welcoming hundreds of people from right across the country to Derby to celebrate this year’s Community Rail Awards.
“We are firm supporters of the valuable work taking place in community rail and we are lucky to work with three excellent community rail partnerships across our network who help us to improve our stations in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.
“We’re very much looking forward to the awards and helping to recognise some of the achievements of the many unsung heroes from community rail lines across the UK.”
Said ACoRP chief executive, Jools Townsend: “We are thrilled to recognise such an impressive range of work to engage communities in their railways at the 13th Community Rail Awards. These awards recognise the important, often unsung, work by community rail partnerships, station friends and other groups across Britain, and shine a light on the wonderful activities happening across this growing and increasingly influential grassroots movement.
"It is a pleasure to be bringing this year’s Awards to Derby in conjunction with East Midlands Trains”
Guests of the awards arriving at Derby station throughout the day will be able to see displays promoting the local community and tourism across the region.
East Midlands Trains and its community partners have been shortlisted in the following awards:
Involving Children and Young People – Sustrans for the Sleaford School Choir ‘An Introduction to Rail Travel’ Community Art Schemes – Willington Arts Festival for the Big Picture 3 at Willington station Community Art Schemes – Cromford C of E Primary School and Cromford Parish Council for the Cromford Station Art Project Most Enhanced Station Building and Surroundings – Long Eaton station for the Street Scene Transformation Best Marketing or Communications Campaign – Poacher Line CRP and Visit Lincoln for ‘It’s faster by rail’ Outstanding Volunteer Contribution – Carolyn Sharp and her canine friends Rupert and Charlie at Skegness Station Outstanding Volunteer Contribution – Jacob Lane at Uttoxeter Outstanding Volunteer Contribution – Jan Ratcliffe at Kidsgrove Photo competition/Best ‘Essence of Community Rail’ – Stan and Fred Thornley catching the first train from the new Ilkeston station Photo competition/Best ‘Essence of Community Rail’ – Amy Scadding, St George’s Academy ‘Service with a smile’ It’s Your Station – Cromford Station Group for Cromford Station Improvements It’s Your Station – Ancaster Station for work by Sustrans and Ancaster Primary School It’s Your Station – Willington Station Adoption by the Willington Women’s Institute It’s Your Station – Uttoxeter Station for the Fairtrade Garden
For more details of the ACoRP awards or community rail visit acorp.uk.com.