An inspiring range of innovative community rail initiatives, delivered by community groups, partnerships, and volunteers across Britain, have been celebrated at the 16th Community Rail Awards.

This year’s event, held online for the very first time, recognised a diverse array of projects, including many that had risen to the challenges of supporting communities through the pandemic, continuing to build links, positivity and awareness between local people and their railways. 

As part of the special online event, the Bard of Barnsley – Ian McMillan – composed a special poem which captures the spirit of community rail (watch here). Keeping the literary theme, the Friends of Buxton Station created a number of mini-sagas with a community rail theme to keep viewers entertained throughout the event (watch here).

The Community Rail Education Network claimed the Outstanding Contribution to Community Rail Award. Coordinated by Community Rail Lancashire, with support from Northern, it enables community rail partnerships to share good practice on engaging young people and children in rail-based education projects.

This year also saw a special Railway Family Supporting Communities Award, to highlight those within rail and community rail who had gone above and beyond to help others during the Covid-19 pandemic. The award was won by auntie and niece, Christine Holland and Shellene Divall, station adopters at St Anne’s Station in Lancashire, for making much-needed scrubs for their local hospital in Blackpool.

Congratulations to all the evening’s winners!

Support our chosen charities

We’re delighted to announce that this year we’re fundraising for two fantastic causes, Fearless and The Tree Council.