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The Awards for 2011 were presented at a Gala Dinner on
Friday 23th September 2011
at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom by
Tim Shoveller MD East Midlands Trains
and Steve Butcher Chief Operating Officer Northern Rail

The winners by category are listed below.








Involving Young People Sponsored by Network Rail

1st Place Brian Haworth/Simon Clarke for Greening the East Lancashire Line DVD and online teachers pack

‘Greening the East Lancashire Line’ is the second educational DVD to feature the now-famous Brian the Bull. Aimed at key stage two pupils and linking to the national curriculum, the DVD takes the children on a train journey from Colne to Preston. Along the way it looks at all the aspects of the green agenda and it aims to get the children used to the mantra of Re-use Reduce & Recycle. The main feature of the DVD is the brand-new eco-station at Accrington with all its green credentials including solar panels, solar hot water and rain water harvesting

2nd Place Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership for the Time Travelling Train on the Tamar Valley line

The Time Travelling Train book project was a collaboration between the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and the University of Plymouth. The project worked with pupils from a Plymouth primary school and took them on train trips to discover the stories and history of the area from local people. Back in school the children worked with students from the University to create a children's book. The students involved were able to have a real-world learning experience in writing, illustrating, publishing and marketing a book. The pupils were able to discover the local area by train, learn about working together and get a taste of life in higher education.

3rd Place Jane Lee/Ali Rezakhani for Southern Railways Makin Tracks Competition

Rhymes and beats, about your street, give us some of where you're from!” was the invitation Southern Railway made to young people between the age of 14 and 19 in a competition to find the best music video made about where they live, work, or study on the Southern network. And what better way to engage with younger passengers and inspire them to get involved with the railway than to appeal to their creative natures. This entry stood out in particular because a social media site was used as the tool to engage with the young people.

Shortlisted - Ian Paterson, Adrian Crowther for the Sheerness Photo Mosaic ‘Welcome’ map

Shortlisted - Parklea Association for Parklea Branching out at Wemyss Bay Station





Community Art Schemes Sponsored by First Great Western

1st Place Pokesdown Station Artwork

Pokesdown Station near Bournemouth used to be a gloomy station with an extensive white wall area that was regularly graffitied.  Train operator, South West Trains worked with Bournemouth Council to commission a local artist, with the aim of creating a vision to represent the area and engage the community in Pokesdown. Network Rail prepared the area for the completed artwork and the resultant mural reflects the Bournemouth area not only for users of the station but also those passing through on trains. The judges’ view on this entry was that it is an excellent example of how a community working together can transform a station with public art.

2nd Place Oxenholme Art Exhibition

The Lakes Line Community Rail Partnership wanted to make passengers arriving at Oxenholme aware of the richness of the area served by the connecting Lakes Line.  The twelve pieces of art work, each produced by a student at Kendal College and sponsored by a local attraction, show both the wealth of local talent and the variety of attractions in the area.

3rd Place Severnside C R P – Artwork at Bedminster Station

Bedminster is one of the most deprived areas of Bristol.  The station had a reputation as being unfriendly, unattractive to passengers and with a high crime level.  Some ten years ago community artwork was painted on the subway walls.  But over the years the damp atmosphere had caused considerable degradation, which encouraged graffiti.  This project brought the local community together to agree and create new artwork, most of which was produced by local schools and youth groups, promoting local “ownership”. A variety of designs and themes reflect local culture and styles in this multi-ethnic area.

Shortlisted - Friends of Ellesmere Port Station – Artwork at Ellesmere Port

Shortlisted - North Staffordshire CRP – ‘Its all recycled’ community art project







Local Transport Integration Sponsored by Lancashire County Council

1st Place All partners for Get On Track - The Leighton Buzzard Station Travel Plan

‘Get on track’ the Leighton Buzzard Station Travel Plan, covers the works at Leighton Buzzard station that have increased sustainable travel.  This was a community-led plan, with volunteers working alongside transport service providers to improve and promote sustainable transport options. Central Bedfordshire Council, Leighton Linslade Town Council, London Midland, South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth and Off the Rails LB were lead partners who enlisted a whole range of other agencies to help increase cycle parking and improve bus services provision. Backed up with a programme of promotional activities cycling to the station has increased by 58% and bus travel doubled. The work has also inspired the establishment of a Station Adoption Group, giving the community even more of a say in their local station.

2nd Place - Shotton Station Travel Plan

Before this project, Shotton Station was a poor facility.  Following consultation via the Station Travel Plan it now benefits from improvements to pedestrian and cycle footpaths, cycle locker provision and better highway signs on the three road entrances and car park.  Bus information provision via a new electronic display at  two bus stops adjacent to the station has also been improved.  Connections with a demand responsive transport service, “the shuttle” was also achieved.  This work has been marketed via a pocket size leaflet “Travel to Shotton” containing a pedestrian map, information on all modes of transport and details of a new PLUSBUS ticket for the Shotton area. Arriva Trains Wales, Arriva Buses Wales, Fli9ntshire County Council, Sustrans and TAITH have all contributed to a facility which has greatly benefited the local community.

3rd place - Barnstaple Bus/Rail Interchange

The layout of Barnstaple station was historically such that main bus services could not serve the station without a lengthy diversion.  First a new bus stand was constructed for terminating bus services.  Then when a new road scheme was being developed the opportunity was taken to use part of a former rail route for a bus only link to the station.
With bus operators now encouraged to use the link, the interchange provides a superb gateway with direct bus services to all parts of North Devon and illustrates the partnership working of Devon Ccounty Council, North Devon Plus, First Devon & Cornwall, First Great Western and Stagecoach South West

Shortlisted - Southern Railway /Network Rail/Merton Council for the Mitcham Junction Integration Project

Shortlisted - South West Trains/Network Rail/Hampshire County Council for Farnborough Main Station





Best Station Garden or Floral Display Sponsored by Network Rail

1st Place Dolwyddelan in Bloom for Dolwyddelan Station Garden

Transformed from a drab unloved wayside halt into a beautiful gateway to the Conwy Valley railway line, passengers now want to linger awhile and absorb the ambience at Dolwyddelan. The gardens are simply stunning and extend beyond the platform to the car park  and the picnic area that has been created in the old goods yard. A magnificent winner for 2011.

2nd Place  Friends of Hindley Station for Hindley Station Garden

In 2006 Friends of Hindley Station was started by a group of enthusiasts getting together to improve the unsightly passenger areas at their local station.
The main improvements have been on the Manchester bound platform, clearing tangled, overgrown vegetation and replacing it with stunning manicured lawns and colourful flower beds.  Other features include a bird feeding sanctuary and a memorial area.
Their endless work has now become a mini tourist attraction in the Wigan area. The judges view was that the work done at Hindley is hugely impressive and a credit to all those involved.

3rd Place Orrell Park Regeneration Group for Orrell Park Station Garden

Formed in 1988, Orrell Park Regeneration Group have worked very hard to improve the community spirit within the area.  They adopted Orrell Park railway station in 2006 and have planted and developed a fantastic display of wild and traditional plants and flowers throughout the station.  The judge’s view was that this was one of the surprise gardens this year; you really have to get off the train for a good look to appreciate just how much work has gone into developing the gardens around the station. Well worth a visit.

Shortlisted - Orrell Park Regeneration Group for Orrell Park Station Garden

Shortlisted - Friends of Bradford-on-Avon Station for Bradford-on-Avon Station Garden





Best Station or Train Retail Outlet Sponsored by Merseytravel

1st Place The Bistro at Etchingham Station

Catching the 05.43 from Etchingham used to be a miserable affair.  Then in spring 2010 Bistro@thestation was opened and everything changed.  A warm welcome and excellent coffee makes all the difference.  Bistro@thestation was opened as the result of a partnership between the Etchingham community, Network Rail, Southeastern and many other sponsors.  The project was instigated as the result of the Etchingham Improvement Plan 2007 – an action plan for the village in which 84% of respondents wanted a place to meet and a village pub.  The derelict station building was identified as the venue and the work began!
This years retail award has been the closest ever with several excellent entries. The judges’ opinion was that the welcome, staff and bacon sandwich at Etchingham tipped the balance in their favour.

2nd Place Brown & Green @ the station – Gipsy Hill Stn

Following the renovation of Gipsy Hill station in 2010, a café operator was sought to provide quality service to Southern passengers and to help compliment the new-look, invigorated station building.
The successful bidders were enthusiastic local sister team Laura and Jess Tilli who opened ‘Brown and Green @ The Station’ with the vision of providing wholesome, tasty, reasonably priced food appealing to both Gipsy Hill passengers and residents.  The judges view is that they have achieved this magnificently and along the way, enhanced the overall experience of the station and the local area.

3rd Place Severn-Dee Travel/Gobowen Station Café

Severn Dee Travel at Gobowen Station is a not-for-profit rail agency run by volunteer directors for the community and railway passengers. Add to that a small café run by an expert in customer service, and you have a winning combination, as the judges found on their visit. The chance for a cup of tea and slice of cake while sorting out your train tickets must be unique in the UK and long may it continue.

Shortlisted - Prestwick Town Station Café

Shortlisted - MACE Manchester Victoria







Station Development Sponsored by Railway Heritage Trust

1st Place Heart of Wales Line Development Co for Llandovery Station Development

Llandovery Station is a Grade 2 listed building; one of the few original structures left on the Heart of Wales line.  Since the last ticket was sold in its booking hall in 1992, it has been unused except as the store for a local builder.  Externally sound, the interior was decaying and in danger of destruction.  The development company was awarded a 25 year tripartite lease, with funding coming from Railway Heritage Fund, Heart of Wales line Travellers Association, the Heart of Wales line Forum and the station friends.  Bridging loans to see the project through were provided by Development Company members.
Work on the station has predominantly been carried out by local firms using locally sourced materials where possible.
The building is a multi-purpose facility, with a café, meeting and exhibition room, toilet and cycle hire and repair business. The intention is for the building to be used to strengthen the links between the Heart of Wales lines, the local community and visitors to the area. This project had exceptionally high community involvement and financial support, making it a very worthy winner.
For more infomation please see the Community Stations page here

2nd Place Lancashire County Council/ SBS Architects/East Lancs CRP for Accrington Eco Station

Thursday 9th December, 2010 saw the official opening of the new Accrington Eco station.  This exciting partnership involved Lancashire County Council, owner of the development, Northern Rail, operator of the station and East Lancashire CRP, which runs the Community Resource Centre in the basement.
The project has set out to achieve high levels of sustainability and to provide a demonstration project for the future design of railway stations.  The project was led by Lancashire County Council and successfully attracted a major European grant through the SusStations Interreg IVB project. 

3rd Place Friends of Leamington Station for the restoration of waiting rooms at Leamington Spa Station

Leamington Spa Station is a Grade II listed building and was opened by the GWR in 1852.  The current art deco waiting rooms resulted from a full rebuild in 1939 and had received little maintenance since then. All that has changed. Thanks to the ‘Friends of Leamington Spa’, working in conjunction with Chiltern Railways, they are now fully restored to their original glory, the walls and ceilings have been repainted, the teak floors and twelve original GWR teak benches stripped and refinished and the stone fireplaces stripped of paint.
Art Deco style mirrors have been placed above each fireplace and framed railway posters mounted on the walls. Modern facilities have not been forgotten - passenger information screens, speakers and CCTV have been installed and the original Art Deco doors have been made DDA compliant.

Shortlisted North Staffordshire CRP for the Kidsgrove Station Development

Shortlisted Southeastern/Network Rail/De Etchingham IG for Etchingham Station Development



Best Community Rail Image Sponsored by Northern Rail

1st Place ‘Peter says cheese!’  - Catherine Phillips, Heart of Wessex CRP

2nd Place Community Involvement Day at Blythe Bridge station’ - 
Faye Lambert North Staffordshire CRP

3rd Place Early Morning waiting for Train in the Snow plus local school mural’  -  Stephen Cooper




The International Award Sponsored by Abellio

The concept of community involvement in railways is gradually gaining credibility in both in Europe and wider afield, in India and America, for example. To give our international colleagues an opportunity to take part in the ACoRP awards we have created this special category which recognises more general community rail activity elsewhere in the world.

Sadly we only had one entry but the one we did receive is extremely deserving and we are delighted to welcome someone who has been empowering railway passengers for many years. A founding member of the Amtrak customer advisory panel, he created The Rail Users Network dedicated to the exchange of best practice and information. The R U N enhances local rail committees by creating a network, thereby giving the whole more strength. He works tirelessly as an advocate of railway passengers and additionally for sustainable community agriculture. His university career was in sustainable regional development, on which he continues to undertake pro-bono efforts related to transport, mobility and social inclusion.

It is my great pleasure therefore to present the International award 2011 to
Richard Rudolph of the Rail Users Network in the United States.





Best Marketing Publication Sponsored by First Great Western

1st Place Severnside C R P for the Partnership Annual Report and the Filton Abbey Wood Station leaflet

The judges were pleased to see these two very focused leaflets.
In the current economic climate it is essential that, if Community Rail Partnerships are to flourish, they must market themselves to their stakeholders, sponsors and funders.  Demonstrating their achievements and value for money is an essential and vital marketing activity.  Each year the Severnside CRP produces a Progress Report, in an attractive simple format, easy to read and retain, full of information, pictures and data.  It is widely circulated and is the basic reference work for all those interested in community involvement.
Every year thousands of people move to new jobs or education in North Bristol, particularly at Ministry of Defence HQ and University of the West of England.  The Filton Abbey Wood Station Leaflet is intended to help them, and encourage commuting by train rather than driving.  It compares travel time, train frequency and cost from a range of stations within an hour’s journey time by through trains.

2nd Place Derwent Valley CRP for the Summer Evenings at Matlock and Matlock Bath leaflet

The ‘Summer Evenings in Matlock Bath and Matlock’ leaflet was produced and widely distributed to encourage people to enjoy a great value evening out by train in Matlock Bath and Matlock.
The aim was to increase summer evening patronage on the Derwent Valley Line, by offering bargain train fares and offers at 15 businesses in Matlock Bath and Matlock, exclusive to rail ticket holders.  65,000 copies of the leaflet were produced, most of which were distributed to households in Derby, Duffield, Belper, Long Eaton, Beeston, Attenborough and Nottingham.

3rd Place Rowena Chantler/Penistone Line Partnership for the ‘How to Catch the Train’ Leaflet

This ‘How to Catch the Train’ leaflet is aimed at communities around Huddersfield that do not speak English as a first language and was researched and produced by rail partnership officer Rowena Chantler in conjunction with Metro, Northern Rail, Cultures United and Kirklees College. This leaflet explains in seven languages that using the train is very straightforward, explains how to read a timetable and gives suggestions on how to save money when buying train tickets.
The leaflets are currently being distributed to local libraries, community centres and places of worship around the Lockwood area which has a diverse multi-cultural society.

Shortlisted - North Staffordshire CRP for Crewe - Derby Route community newsletter

Shortlisted - Mid-Cheshire Rail Users Ass'n/ Mid Cheshire CRP for the Knutsford Walks Guide






Best Community Rail Event Sponsored by Go-Ahead

1st Place Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership and Partners for the Munchtime Express on the Looe line
The Munchtime Express was a month long event to celebrate local food, support restaurants and businesses in Looe and increase patronage of the Looe Valley Line in winter. The event took place over four Tuesdays in November 2010 and involved  three local restaurants bringing taster dishes from their menu onto the lunchtime trains.  Local people simply had to turn up and buy a ticket to get the opportunity to taste food from top class restaurants. Nearly 20 volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce and staff from Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership served up the tasty treats to over 270 passengers.

2nd Place Friends of Avocet Rail Users' Group for Avocet 150 on the Exeter – Exmouth Line
The Avocet Line Rail Users Group enlisted support from local authorities, community groups, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and First Great Western to promote a range of rail – themed events to celebrate the anniversary and so raise the profile of the railway. On 1st May 2011 commemorative plaques were unveiled by civic leaders at Exeter Central and Exmouth stations.  A special train between the two was full and standing – with many local people sporting Victorian dress.
During the April and May more than forty local organisations put on over thirty Avocet 150 events.

3rd Place North Staffordshire CRP – Community Days on the North Staffs line
For the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, holding dedicated “Community Day” events at individual stations has proved to be a great way of securing, involving and sustaining community interest and support for the Crewe-Derby line.  Community Days deliver by inviting the community to work alongside volunteers, the Partnership and TOC staff to ‘spring clean’ their local station; litter-picking, painting, gardening and creating poster artwork for display.  The benefits they deliver improve the passenger environment, add value and help sustain the support of volunteers and reduce anti-social behaviour; importantly they’ve proved a source of satisfaction and fun for everyone involved.

Highly Commended Heart of Wessex Line Local Food Train

Shortlisted - FRECCLES for the Eccles Station Open Day

Shortlisted - North Staffordshire CRP – Community Days on the North Staffs line






‘Passengers  Matter’ Award sponsored by First Trans Pennine Express

1st Place National Express East Anglia/Paston Sixth Form College’s project – ‘Increasing Student Travel on the Bittern Line’

National Express East Anglia has worked with Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham, developed an innovative partnership which has enabled more pupils to come to the college by train.  By synchronising the college day with convenient trains, tweaking the train times, promoting the college at the station, supporting the College’s green travel agenda and involving students more actively in the line’s development (including its carbon neutral stations project), the collaboration is already delivering real benefits for the College, its students, National Express East Anglia and the local community, with a significant increase in patronage of 34%!.

2nd Place Esk Valley Railway GPS Project

 In March 2011, the Esk Valley Railway GPS Project, delivered in partnership by Northern Rail, Network Rail and the Esk Valley Railway Development Company enabled live updates on train arrivals to be provided to passengers using the picturesque Esk Valley Line between Middlesbrough and Whitby.  Passengers can now gain real time information on exactly when their next train is due – whether planning their journey at home, travelling to a station or waiting on a platform for their train.  In a time when cost efficiencies are rightly being demanded of the rail industry, this trial of GPS technology has the potential to transform passenger information at rural locations across the rail network.

3rd Place Northern Community Ambassadors Scheme

The Northern Rail Community Ambassadors Scheme promotes the use of local rail services to socially excluded groups based close to stations at Blackburn, Brierfield, Rochdale and Farnworth.
In each location, Northern has recruited an ambassador to work closely with the local communities to understand and then overcome, barriers to local rail travel.  This involves a range of activities such as visiting faith centres and schools, giving talks to local groups and organising group  trips to show people how to use rail services.
The scheme is supported by the Department for Transport, Transport for Greater Manchester and East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership.

Shortlisted - Friends of the West Highland Line for the Recovery of Iconic views on the West Highland Line.

Shortlisted - Shotton Station Development






Best Station Adoption Group Sponsored by National Express East Anglia

1st Place Swaythling Station Adoption Group

The Swaythling station adoption group was formed after the station had been transformed with a complete re-paint and upgrade of the facilities following years of anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti. 
The group has developed initiatives and schemes to make the station an integral part of the community ranging from litter clearance, art projects, gardening, environmental initiatives, encouraging good behaviour and use of the station with local timetable distribution and realising the potential of the attractions adjacent to the station, including local history and nature walks.
The group will continue to develop more projects bringing the community together and ensuring that the station continues to serve its community.

2nd Place Kidsgrove Station Adoption Group
he hard work and enthusiasm of this immensely proactive group has helped to transform Kidsgrove station from a run down, unwelcoming facility to a very attractive place.  Whatever the task, from gardening to raising funds, they always deliver and are real ‘Friends’ to the station. In bringing to life the long forgotten station gardens, they’ve won the support of numerous agencies such as Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Rotary International.

3rd Place Orrell Park Regeneration Group

Having adopted Orrell Park station in 2006, the Regeneration Group has worked very hard to improve the community spirit within the area. They’ve improved the station environment and engaged with the youths that tend to congregate there, encouraging them to take part in the group’s activities. They have planted and developed a fantastic display of wild and traditional plants and flowers throughout the station and arranged visits and activities at the station for two local primary schools.

Shortlisted - Plumpton Station Partnership

Shortlisted - Friends of Upwey Station





Outstanding Volunteer Contribution  Sponsored by Merseyrail

1st Place John Phillips - Tarka Rail Association

John Phillips has been chair of the Tarka Rail Association for six years and his diplomatic skills are legendary.  Building close relationships with First Great Western, Devon County Council and Network Rail he achieved the reinstatement of the important 09.43 train, successfully resisted the reduction in service at intermediate stations; saw the establishment of an hourly clock face timetable for much of each weekday and achieved a new late-night Friday train and additional Sunday morning services.
Stations have not been ignored with improved station information and promotion. 
John was also behind the award winning Tarka Line Walks booklet attracting £10,000 worth of funding for the project.
John is retiring from the post of chair of the association but his name will long remain synonymous with the Tarka Line.

2nd Place Rachel Nafzger - Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership

Rachel has been volunteering on the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnerships Rural Stations project for two years and this last academic year she has been project leader.
This role has seen Rachel in charge of recruiting volunteers, dealing with the administration involved with projects, accompanying students on site and generally keeping everyone happy during the day.  She does all this despite a serious visual impairment.
Rachel is a hugely positive role model for students and young people as she shows them that a disability does not stop you from taking an active part in your chosen volunteer activity.

3rd Place Louis Wall - Stranraer to Ayr Line Supporters Association

Louis Wall is a remarkable gardener who is responsible for 63 plant containers at five stations spread over 60 miles on the Stranraer to Ayr railway line.  He has grown the plants himself at home in his greenhouse, planted them in containers, fed and watered them.  Maintenance of the plants is carried out by Louis travelling between stations on regular train services. He has to carry all he needs - water, tools and plants - with him.
The colourful and well balanced floral displays are admired by travellers and staff alike.

Shortlisted - Paul Neeson - Friends of Wemyss Bay Station

Shortlisted - Marjorie Birch - Ribble Valley Rail





Outstanding Railway Staff Contribution Sponsored by Network Rail

1st Place Kevin Waring - Merseyrail

Kevin Waring has played a key role in improving Ellesmere Port Station.  He’s been a station retailer here for 8 months and during this time has made phenomenal improvements, including working with the local community and improving the quality of the customer experience. Kevin is a conscientious and enthusiastic member of staff who has taken real ownership of ‘his’ station. He has built good relationships with local and British Transport police, resulting in a huge improvement in station security

2nd Place Wayne Smith – Northern Rail

Wayne creates a positive impression with whomever he meets and has made a huge impact on communities, stakeholders, stations and teams across the Fylde and Lancashire area.
His ‘can do’ attitude and infectious enthusiasm means he rises to the challenge including balancing the complexities of a major seaside hub, Blackpool North, with many unmanned stations and the unique challenges they bring.  Blackpool North is usually a gateway for visitors to the town but Wayne has engendered a real community feel, holding open days and visits for children from a local hospice.

3rd Place Helen Gatensbury - East Midlands Trains

Since she started in her new Travel Advisor role at Kidsgrove station, Helen has proved to be a smiling face of total helpfulness to all visitors to the booking hall.  She’s learnt her duties in super-fast time and deals with enquiries conscientiously and professionally.  She’s become a real treasure to the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, helping out at Community Day events and supporting the work of station volunteers.  Her exceptional customer services skills have won her four ‘Star’ awards from East Midlands Trains and as one passenger says “Helen…is a total credit to the company she works for”.

Shortlisted - Michael Cochrane - Scotrail

Shortlisted - Linda Green - Northern



Outstanding Teamwork Award - Sponsored by Network Rail

First Place Arnside Viaduct Information Team

A major project by Network Rail to renew the Arnside railway viaduct over the River Kent estuary between Arnside and Grange over Sands caused major changes to travel plans for passengers’ on the Barrow in Furness to Carnforth railway line in spring 2011. A team from Trans Pennine Express, First Rail Support , Northern Rail, Network Rail, the Furness and Lakes Line CRPs joined with rail user groups, Furness Line Action Group and Leeds Lancaster Rail User Group to ensure that posters and timetables reached all relevant stations and also off-site information outlets including libraries, Tourist Information Centres, Post Offices and village shops.  The CRP officer and FLAG members checked bus routes and assisted with timetable and poster distribution.  This thorough and detailed planning and information distribution proved to be very successful.  Throughout the four month blockage, the CRP officer only received two complaints from the public and both were quickly resolved.

2nd Place Easier Access in Wales Team

Following development of Network Rail’s ‘Easy Access Area’, the Welsh Government, Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail came together to identify stations in Wales which would benefit most from installation of these areas.  Beginning with trials at Aberdyfi and Valley, the partners agreed designs (including a new variant of the basic concept), funding, an implementation programme which minimised disruption to services and a communication plan which fed back passenger comments into evolving designs.  The partners also co-operated to bring forward other projects, such as crossings, waiting shelters and off-platform accessibility, to maximise passenger benefit at stations receiving Easier Access areas.

3rd Place  North Walsham Station Travel Plan ‘Lite’ Team

The project has brought together the combined expertise of transport and planning professionals and the enthusiasm and commitment of local volunteers to produce a Station Travel Plan for North Walsham.  It also establishes a way of meeting all the requirements of more sophisticated station travel plans with costs and resources that are well within the range of most CRPs.  The result is an Action Plan for implementation which should make rail travel a much more attractive proposition for North Walsham and boost patronage on the Bittern Line.  Proof indeed that effective teamwork is at the heart of the community railway.

Highly Commended - Community Rail Working Party on the Heart Of Wessex Line

Shortlisted - Friends of Handforth Station

Shiotlisted - Sam Bryant/Yvonne Leslie for the Southern Station Partnership Project






Community Rail - Special Recognition Award 2011

Ian Dinmore



The Overall Winner sponsored by Network Rail
The overall winner’s award is presented to the group, CRP, individual or train operating company - or any combination -  that in the judges’ view has contributed the most to community rail development in the past 12 months.

First Great Western





All the winners!




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