East Midlands Railway and partners win top awards

East Midlands Railway
Credit: East Midlands Railway

East Midlands Railway has announced that it has won awards along with its community partners at the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) Community Rail Awards.

The ACoRP awards were held in Telford on October 3rd and recognised the unsung heroes of the community rail world for their hard work and dedication.

Over the course of their franchise, EMR will be investing over £4 million into community development, supporting partnerships with local tourism bodies, visitor attractions and heritage railways.

They will be working with stakeholders to ensure every community reaps the benefits of the investment.

Here is a full list of EMR’s awards on the evening:

Most enhanced station buildings and surroundings:
1st place – Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership and the Bee Friendly Trust – Bottesford
2nd place – Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership – Matlock Bath / Whistlestop

Small projects award (under £500)
2nd place – Friends of Spondon station
3rd place – Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership with the rotary club of Skegness

Best marketing or communications campaign
2nd place – Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership – communicating Derby Resignalling to Derwent Valley Line passengers

Photo competition and video competition / best community rail in action image
2nd place – Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership and St. George’s Academy, Sleaford

Outstanding volunteer contribution
3rd place – Phil Thomas – lead station adopter at Radcliffe on Trent station

It’s your station
Lead Gold – Market Rasen station adoption group

What did the officials say?

Donna Adams, Community Rail Manager for EMR said:

“ACoRP’s Community Rail Awards are the highlight of the year for our community rail partners, where their great work and dedication is celebrated and recognised.

“It’s fantastic to have won so many awards which involve our community rail partners and station adoption groups. They are all deserving entries and I would like to pass on my thanks and appreciation for all those that have been involved.

“These awards are a well-deserved endorsement of all the fantastic work that goes on across our community rail lines every day to help us improve our railway and to attract more people onto our train services.”

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