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North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, which runs services between Crewe and Derby via Stoke-on-Trent, has been shortlisted in the national Community Rail Awards 2008.
The Community Rail Awards, presented by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), are awarded each year to recognise outstanding achievement and best practice in community rail development.
The North Staffordshire Partnership, which works with East Midlands Trains to promote and develop the local Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent to Derby service, is on the shortlist in three award categories, which are:
Most enhanced community/heritage station:
In recognition of a £250,000 project, funded by North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone, to improve station facilities at Longport and Longton stations, including the provision of anti-vandal shelters, CCTV, customer information screens and improved lighting.
For making a positive difference to the passenger experience for passengers using Longport and Longton stations. In a recent survey of passengers using the improved stations, an average of 87% who had used the stations before said that they now felt safer, whilst an average of 94% who were using the stations for the first time said they felt safe waiting for their train.
Outstanding Community Rail Partnership Officer Contribution:
In recognition of the achievements of Faye Lambert, Project Officer for the Partnership, in her support role to the Partnership in promoting and developing the local rail service.
Partnership Chair Michael Willmot said, “We are delighted to be on the shortlist. With more than 60 Community Rail Partnerships across the country, it is a great achievement and reflects the continued and sterling support of all our members. We’re hoping for even more good news at the awards ceremony.”
Emma Knight, Head of Stakeholder Management for East Midlands Trains, said: “This is fantastic news, both for the Community Rail Partnership and for ourselves as the train operator involved. We’re very lucky to have the support of Faye as Project Officer and are delighted that her drive and enthusiasm has been recognised in this way.
“As sponsor of the award for Best Station Adoption Group, we’re looking forward to the awards ceremony on 19 September and are hopeful that the Partnership has the success it deserves.”
The awards, which are sponsored by train operators and rail industry organisations, will be made at a special awards ceremony to be held in Plymouth on Friday 19 September 2008.