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.


2019 entry categories

1. Involving Children & Young People sponsored by Merseyrail
2. Involving Diverse Groups sponsored by Great Western Railway
3a. Community Art Schemes – Permanent and Larger Projects sponsored by Abellio
3b. Community Art Schemes – Renewable and Smaller Projects sponsored by Transport for Greater Manchester
4. Most Enhanced Station Buildings and Surroundings sponsored by Northern
5. Small Projects Awards (£500 or less) sponsored by Community Rail Lancashire
6. Best Community Engagement Project sponsored by Rock Rail
7. Best Marketing or Communication Campaign sponsored by Govia
8. Influencing Positive Change sponsored by TransPennine Express
9. Tourism and Heritage sponsored by Transport for Wales *New Category*
10. Photo and Video Competition – “Community Rail in Action” sponsored by Porterbrook
11. Outstanding Volunteer Contribution sponsored by South Western Railway
12. It’s Your Station sponsored by West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway
13. The ACoRP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Rail

Don’t forget to make use of our 2018 Winners’ Brochure for inspiration.


Enter the 2019 Community Rail Awards


Watch 2018 Community Rail Awards highlights


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.

See all of the 2018 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. 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.