We are pleased to announce that entries for the 2021 Community Rail Awards, headline sponsored by Great Western Railway and South Western Railway, are now open. Click on the button below to submit your entry. The deadline for all entries is 17:00 on Monday 2 August 2021.

The awards presentation event is now provisionally scheduled for Thursday 9 December at the Guildhall in Southampton. We really want to encourage as many people as possible to enter and help ensure that we have a competition that is a meaningful celebration of everything that’s great in Community Rail.  Your entries are as vital as ever to making the awards a success! Download our entry booklet to get started with your awards submission.

To assist the planning of your entry, you can review the categories and criteria in our entry booklet and take a look at our 2020 winners booklet for great entry examples.

Community Rail Awards surgeries

From Monday 28 June, we’ll be running seven weekly surgeries to assist you with your Community Rail Awards entries this year. These will be drop-in sessions on Zoom with no need to book, where you can ask questions and get help, from category guidance to technical support uploading your entry. See our surgery schedule.

Community Rail Awards 2020

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.