The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) are very excited to announce the shortlisted entries for this year’s Community Rail Awards, headline sponsored by West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway.

The Community Rail Awards, now in its 15th year, recognises the important and often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships, station adopters and community groups, in areas such as station enhancement, community engagement and diversity. As always, the standard of entries has been extremely high.

The overall winners will be announced at a gala presentation evening on Thursday 3 October at The International Centre, Telford.


1. Involving Children and Young People – sponsored by Merseyrail

  • East Midlands Trains, North Staffs CRP, Abbey Hill School & Watermill School  – Try the train
  • Community Rail Lancashire – Stand Clear of the Closet Doors
  • Hope Academy/Merseytravel/Northern – History Making History on the Chat Moss
  • Hounslow and Richmond CRP with South Western Railway – National Citizenship Service Project
  • Penistone Line Partnership and The Children’s Art School – The Great Kirklees Railway Exhibition
  • Sussex Community Rail Partnership – Active Access for Growth


2. Involving Diverse Groups – sponsored by Great Western Railway

  • Bolton Station Community Development Partnership – Working with Bolton’s Diverse Communities
  • Community Rail Lancashire – On Track to Train
  • Cumbrian Coast Line Community Rail Partnership – Broken Lives Mended
  • Friends of Buxton Station – Stationary Reflections
  • Kent CRP – Five Acre Wood Project
  • South Western Railway, East Hampshire CRP, Isle of Wight CRP and Three Rivers CRP – Community Ambassadors and Community Rail Partnerships
  • URPotential – On Track at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Station


3a. Community Art Schemes: Permanent and Larger Projects – sponsored by Abellio

  • Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership – Gunnislake Tile Project
  • Friends of Handforth Station – Handforth Archways
  • Friends of Irlam Station and artist Rachel Cleary – Station Park Rust & Steel artwork
  • Friends of Romiley Station – Romiley Station Community Art Project
  • Friends of Rose Hill Station – Intergenerational Community Art Project
  • Helmsdale Station CIC  – Helmsdale Station ‘Waving through a Window’ Art and History Community Project
  • Leeds-Morecambe Community Rail Partnership, Pioneer Projects and Earthworks – A Window on Bowland and the Dales
  • Penistone Line Partnership – All Eyes on the Penistone Line


3b. Community Art Schemes: Renewable and Smaller Projects – sponsored by Transport for Greater Manchester

  • A Crafty Cuppa Hindley Community Group – Artwork in Ticket Hall and Station Gardens
  • Andrew Morris, East Grinstead station partner and Montessori nursery school – Christmas Tree decorations at East Grinstead
  • Friends of Handforth Station – Handforth Station is an Art Stop Destination
  • Friends of Levenshulme Station – Levenshulme Art Mural
  • Melling Primary School/Sefton Adult Learning Service/Merseyrail/Merseytravel – Kirkby Mosaic
  • Penistone Line Partnership – Dwell Time
  • Poacher Line CRP – Locality in a mosaic
  • Rail 74 CRP – Remembering Rutherglen


4. Most Enhanced Station Buildings and Surroundings – sponsored by Northern

  • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership – Waking Up the Whistlestop
  • East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership – Refurbished Petersfield Hub Office
  • Friends of Goostrey Station
  • Friends of Kents Bank Station – Woodland, Wildlife and Waiting Room Project
  • Friends of Levenshulme Station – The Street With No Name station planters
  • Lancaster & District Conservation Volunteers as Northern Station Adopters at Bare Lane – Bare Lane Station, Morecambe
  • Poacher Line CRP & The Bee Friendly Trust – Bottesford Friendly Garden
  • Station Regeneration East, East Suffolk Lines CRP, Wherry Lines CRP – Lowestoft Central Project


5. Small Projects Award (£500 or less) – sponsored by Community Rail Lancashire

  • Bures station adopters – Bures Open Garden weekend
  • Community Rail Lancashire – Bringing the Sunshine to Morecambe
  • Friends of Buxton Station – Collaboration with Buxton Lions a roaring community success
  • Friends of Spondon Station – Creature Comforts at Spondon
  • Mytholmroyd Station Partnership – ‘Fanfare for Local Business’
  • North Staffordshire CRP and Blythe Bridge Camera Club – Things to See when you Go Green
  • Poacher Line CRP with the Rotary Club of Skegness – Welcome to Skegness…a Rotary schools project
  • Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership – Platform Painters paint Hadrian’s Wall


6. Best Community Engagement Project – sponsored by Rock Rail

  • Bolton Station Community Development Partnership – Making Bolton Station a Thriving Community Hub
  • Conwy Valley Railway – Betws Y Coed Station 150 year Celebration
  • Community Rail Cumbria – Cumbrian Community Rail Festival
  • Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership – CreativiTea Trains
  • Great Western Coffee Shop Forum – Great Western Passenger Forum – Community Involvement for the next decade
  • Kent CRP – Sea Folk Sing on the Train
  • Sussex Community Rail Partnership and Southern – Commemorating the First World War on the railways
  • Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership – Wylam Winter Tales


7. Best Marketing or Communications Campaign

  • Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership – Hourly Service Campaign
  • Blackmore Vale CRP – Line Guide
  • Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership and East Midlands Trains – Communicating Derby Resignalling to Derwent Valley Line passengers
  • Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership – Looe Valley Line heritage project
  • Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership – Mayflower Magic on Liverpool Street Station


8. Influencing Positive Change – sponsored by TransPennine Express

  • East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership – The East Suffolk Lines Walks Booklet, Routes and Guided Walks
  • Friends of Handforth Station – A 20-year dream of step-free platform access is coming true
  • Leeds-Morecambe Community Rail Partnership, Northern and partners – Dementia and Community Rail
  • North Notts & Lincs Community Rail Partnership – Gainsborough Central Station – NEW Hourly Monday-Saturday Sheffield Service!


9. Tourism and Heritage Award – sponsored by Transport for Wales Rail Services

  • Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership – Bucket and Spade Event Train
  • Friends of Strines Station – Railway Children Project
  • Heart of Wales Line Development Company – Heart of Wales Line Trail
  • Highland Mainline Community Rail Partnership – Highland Fling
  • Highland Mainline Community Rail Partnership – Heritage Line Guide
  • Matthew Barrett – Tourism Development Intern, Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership
  • Sussex Community Rail Partnership – Signing the North Downs Way
  • West Highland CRP, working in partnership with ScotRail and Network Rail – Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail


10. Photo and Video Competition – sponsored by Porterbrook

  • Bedford to St Albans City CRP – Fun gardening at Flitwick
  • Derwent Valley Line CRP – Perri the Peregrine attracts interest at Community Rail in the City
  • Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership – All aboard the CreativiTea train
  • Friends of Goostrey Station – Enjoying a break during volunteer working party
  • Friends of Templecombe Station – Friends of Templecombe Station at work
  • Gerald Townson – A Brief Encounter with Community Rail Education at Carnforth.
  • Kent CRP – So much fun on the Santa Train!
  • Marston Vale CRP – Upcycling on the 230
  • Penistone Line Partnership – Fun & Laughter knit & Natter
  • Severnside Community Rail Partnership, Link Age and Great Western Railway – Overcoming Loneliness with Games on the Train (Film)
  • South Western Railway – New Mums take new trip
  • Poacher Line CRP and St George’s Academy, Sleaford, Photography & Art Dept – The Wall’ (Film)


11. Outstanding Volunteer Contribution – sponsored by South Western Railway

  • Andy Hedges  – Volunteering with Tarka Rail
  • Dick Smith – Volunteering on the Lakes line
  • Graham Ellis – Melksham Rail Users Group volunteer
  • Harry Aldritt – Transport for Greater Manchester station adopter
  • Julie Gibbon – Tyne Valley CRP volunteer
  • Kate Pudney – Belper Station Adopter
  • Phil Thomas – Lead Station Adopter at Radcliffe on Trent station
  • Trevor Cotton – Friends of Alsager Station


12. It’s Your Station – sponsored by West Midlands Railway & London Northwestern Railway

  • Action Stations (Bingley & Crossflatts) – Bingley & Crossflatts station adoption projects
  • All Aboarders  Welwyn Garden City Station Adoption Group – Welwyn Garden City station adoption projects
  • Ancaster station Adopters – Ancaster station adoption projects
  • Attenborough Elderflowers  – Attenborough station adoption projects
  • Bolton Station CDP and Bolton Prince’s Trust – Bolton Station station adoption projects
  • Evesham Railway Station Gardens – Evesham station adoption projects
  • Cantley Station Adopters – Cantley station adoption projects
  • Coöperatie Stationspark Deurne – Station Park Deurne enhancement projects
  • Copplestone Station Friends – Copplestone station adoption projects
  • Driffield In Bloom – Driffield station adoption projects
  • Friends of Angmering Station – Angmering station adoption projects
  • Friends of Buxton Station – Buxton station adoption projects
  • Friends of Cark Station – Cark station adoption projects
  • Friends of Crofton Park Railway Garden – Crofton Park station adoption projects
  • Friends of Glossop Station – Glossop station adoption projects
  • Friends of Goostrey Station – Goostrey station adoption projects
  • Friends of Grindleford Station – Grindleford station adoption projects
  • Friends of Hindley Station – Hindley Station station adoption projects
  • Friends of Irlam Station – Irlam station adoption projects
  • Friends of Kents Bank Station & Foreshore – Kents Bank Station & Foreshore station adoption projects
  • Friends of Radcliffe Station – Radcliffe Station station adoption projects
  • Friends of Spondon Station – Spondon Station station adoption projects
  • Heckington Station Adopters Group – Heckington station adoption projects
  • Hockley and Hawkwell U3A Gardening Group – Hockley and Hawkwell station adoption projects
  • Longport Station Adpopters – Longport Station station adoption projects
  • Maghull Station Volunteers – Maghull  station adoption projects
  • Market Rasen Station Adoption Group – Market Rasen station adoption projects
  • Mytholmroyd Station Partnership – Mytholmroyd station adoption projects
  • Friends of Templecombe Station – Templecombe station adoption projects
  • Somerleyton Station Adopters – Somerleyton station adoption projects
  • Syston in Bloom – Syston station adoption projects
  • Transition Belper Station Gardening Volunteers – Belper station adoption projects