ACoRP’s Community Rail Awards recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of everybody involved in community rail. They also help ACoRP to understand what’s happening in community rail, its innovations and successes, so we can share good practice year-round.

Congratulations to all this year’s Community Rail Award winners.

An exceptional range of innovative and impressive community rail projects, events and schemes were recognised at the 14th national Community Rail Awards, attended by 480 community rail partnerships, groups, industry leaders and government representatives.

Organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), the Awards were this year hosted by Abellio and ScotRail at a gala dinner in Glasgow, on 4 October. The event continues to grow in size, this year receiving 180 entries.

Severnside Community Rail 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 aiming to put the railways in the west of England back into the heart of the communities they serve.

Chris Austin OBE was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to community rail. Chris has been a prominent advocate of the community rail movement, leading the first consultation on the Community Rail Development strategy, later doing much to bridge the gap between community rail and heritage rail by being actively involved in both sectors.

A full press release from the event can downloaded here.


See all of this year’s Community Rail Awards winners


Community Rail Awards 2020 – invitation to bid

ACoRP will shortly be inviting bids to host our popular Community Rail Awards in 2020.

The awards gala dinner & presentation evening is considered by many to be a highlight of the railway calendar. It’s attended by a wide range of guests from community rail, the wider rail sector, third-sector and public-sector partners. More than 430 guests attended the 2017 awards in Derby.

This is a great opportunity for a train operator to showcase their own community rail activity to the rest of the community rail world. Bidding details will be available shortly.