We are delighted to announce the shortlisted entries for this year’s Community Rail Awards, headline sponsored by Great Western Railway and South Western Railway. A huge well done to all of the wonderful initiatives, groups and individuals shortlisted this year. Click on the button below to view the shortlisted entries in each category.

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Awards presentation evening

The awards presentation event is scheduled for Thursday 9 December at the 02 Guildhall in Southampton. You can download the booking form here to reserve your table or individual places.

The Awards ceremony will also be broadcast as a livestream via the online events platform Hopin – registration details to follow soon.

Outline timings – Southampton live event:

  • 17.00  Arrival reception at 02 Guildhall
  • 18.00  Awards ceremony begins
  • 19.45/20.00  (approx. time) Awards ceremony ends
  • 20.00  Buffet dinner served
  • 23.00  Carriages
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Can’t make it to the awards in person? Join us online!

For those who can’t make it to celebrate with us in person on 9 December, you’re invited to join the celebrations online. Network and socialise with colleagues, watch a livestream of the awards presentation and enjoy our guest cameos, all from the comfort of your home. Feel free to invite friends and colleagues to join in the online celebrations too, the more the merrier! Simply register for your free online place here.

Outline timings – Hopin online event:

  • 17.45  Hopin opens (online networking pre-Awards ceremony)
  • 18.00  Awards ceremony livestream broadcast begins
  • 19.45/20.00  (approx. time) Awards ceremony ends and online networking opens
  • 21.00  Online event & networking closes
Register for your free online place

Extend your visit with these brilliant events (booking deadline Monday 22 November, 9pm)

Our hosts, South Western Railway and Great Western Railway have some great events planned for Friday 10 December, the day after our awards. Events range from a Q&A session with the Managing Directors to a hovercraft VIP experience with opportunities to see community rail projects in action. Be sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment.

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Host our 2022 Community Rail Awards

Community Rail Network is looking for a committed partner to work alongside us in hosting the Community Rail Awards 2022. With such significant changes occurring in the railway industry, we feel that it is becoming more appropriate for us to offer the headline sponsorship opportunity more widely across the industry, so we are inviting bids to host the Community Rail Awards 2022 from both train operators and our industry and corporate partners.

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Community Rail Awards attendance subsidy fund for shortlisted entries

With ongoing changes in the rail industry likely to affect funding for some of our members to attend our awards evening, several of our sponsors have very generously contributed to an attendance subsidy fund in order to help as many short listees as possible to attend by helping towards the cost of their hotel room. This is for any shortlisted members whose hotel costs are not going to be supported by their train operator, and where they do not have access to other funds for this purpose. The fund is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

When the fund is gone it’s gone, so make sure you apply early once the shortlist is announced. Each application will be assessed on its individual merit, and funds allocated at our discretion accordingly.

Complimentary return rail tickets for shortlistees: all shortlistees can claim a return rail ticket to Southampton, courtesy of Rail Delivery Group, who are very kindly providing complimentary return rail tickets for shortlistees to attend the awards.

All shortlisted entrants will be sent the relevant application forms for both of these subsidies (once the shortlist is announced on 31 August 2021), along with a shortlisting certificate.