A humbling range of innovative ‘community rail’ projects and schemes were recognised at the 15th national Community Rail Awards. This year’s event, held in Telford was attended by 450 community rail volunteers, partnerships, rail industry leaders and government representatives.
The event continues to grow in size – this year with 210 entries – in line with the spread of community rail activities across much of Britain’s railways and stations.
West Yorkshire’s Mytholmroyd Station Partnership beat off strong nationwide competition to scoop the top award, Outstanding Contribution to Community Rail, on the showcase night for the community rail movement, with their programme of projects putting the station and railway back into the heart of their community. Their work this year included:
- Developing a business case and leading on the renovation of their listed, previously disused station building, with the aim of it being returned to community use;
- Developing strong links throughout their local community, involving volunteers in a range of gardening, planting and heritage activities;
- Projects with local schools and youth groups at the station, to create a sense of pride and community, and raise awareness about environment.
Peter Roberts MBE was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to community rail, having championed community rail and served as chair of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships for 15 years.
Congratulations to all the evenings winners and we’ll see you again next year in Southampton!