After the World Cup of Stations online poll this week, Glasgow Queen Street has been named as Britains’s favourite railway station.
2,579 railway stations across the country were reduced down to a shortlist of 48 for the online poll which received over 95,000 votes.
Glasgow Queen Street beat other Scottish rivals Motherwell, Aberdeen and Wemyss Bay, and triumphed over Crewe and Newcastle in the Semi-Final.
The other stations in the final were London Kings Cross, Stourbridge Junction and Huddersfield.
Maggie Hoey, Queen Street Station General Manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Glasgow Queen Street has been crowned champion in this year’s World Cup of Stations.”
“The recent redevelopment work has revitalised the station, delivering a contemporary building both internally and externally. It’s created a spacious and accessible transport facility that will be a positive and prominent addition to Glasgow’s historic George square for years to come.”
“We owe a huge thanks to everyone who voted for us, and to our social media colleagues who really got behind the Rail Delivery Group’s campaign to drum up support.”
“The competition highlighted the important role that the railway, stations and staff are playing keeping people connected and supporting communities and local businesses during the pandemic.”
Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions for the Rail Delivery Group, said: “For a while, it looked like nothing was going to stop Stourbridge Junction and their mascot George the cat, but Glasgow Queen Street played the full 90 minutes and have come away with the silverware. It’s a fitting tribute to the newly redeveloped station and the friendly staff there who have kept key workers moving through the pandemic and continue to support the local community.”
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “I am immensely proud of the whole railway family, who have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to keep our railways running and passengers safe.
“My congratulations go to all the staff at Glasgow Queen Street for winning this year’s competition. They have played a key role supporting Britain’s recovery from Covid-19, ensuring that key workers and NHS staff can get to work, saving lives.”
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