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.

The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) ‘Community Rail Awards’ gala dinner will be hosted at The International Centre, Telford, on 3 October 2019. The headline sponsor for this year’s event is West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway.

Now in its 15th year, the Community Rail Awards celebrates the important and often unsung work carried out by community rail volunteers, partnerships, station friends, and community groups, in bringing local people together, running community engagement and rail accessibility initiatives, and helping communities get the most from their local railway lines and stations.

Last year’s gala dinner was hosted in Glasgow, attracting nearly 500 guests and 180 award entries. The inspiring winners included:

  • Severnside community rail partnership won ‘Outstanding contribution to community rail’ for its work putting local lines back into the heart of communities, ranging from street art projects to a scheme helping vulnerable groups have the confidence to travel by rail;
  • Neil Williams won ‘Volunteer of the year’ for his work transforming Glossop Station into a hub for the community, including running engagement events and community gardening.

Awards entries open 15 April 2019 and can be made online at the ACoRP website

See all of the 2018 Community Rail Awards winners


Watch 2018 Community Rail Awards highlights


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. Approximately 500 guests attended the 2018 awards in Glasgow.

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.