East Midlands Trains 'on track' to win awards

Bondholder East Midlands Trains and its community partners have been shortlisted for 12 awards in this year’s Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) awards.

The ACoRP awards will be held in Glasgow in October, and recognise and reward the unsung heroes of the community rail world for their hard work and dedication.

Amongst the nominations South Derbyshire station Willington has been shortlisted for the Small Projects Award. A collaborative project between East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and fellow bondholder Derbyshire County Council helped to transform the front of the station to create a smart new tiered area which is planted and tended to by Willington Women’s Institute. 

Garry Purdy, a volunteer who helps on the Derwent Valley Community Rail Line CRP at Cromford, Derbyshire has been nominated for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution. Garry has been an integral figure in driving forward improvements at the station.

Other shortlisted awards include:

It’s Your Station,
Best Marketing or Communications Campaign,
Most Enhanced Station & Surroundings,
Involving Children and Young People,
Influencing Positive Change.

Donna Adams, Community Rail and Stakeholder Manager for East Midlands Trains, 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 12 shortlisted nominations involving 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

 "At East Midlands Trains, we have long been strong supporters of community rail and the improvements that it delivers to customers and communities. 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.”