Greater Anglia community rail partners shortlisted for awards

Friday, 11 August 2017

Community rail groups and volunteers supported by Greater Anglia are in the running for six national awards.

Rail adopters, who care for smaller stations, and community rail partnerships from across the Greater Anglia network have been shortlisted in this year’s ACORP Community Rail Awards.

Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership has been shortlisted in the Involving Diverse Groups category, for their Acorn Village Travel with Confidence project.

Station House Community Connections are in the running for Most Enhanced Station Buildings and Surroundings, for their refurbishment of Wickham Market station.

East Suffolk Community Rail Partnership’s East Suffolk Lines branding project has been shortlisted for Best Marketing or Communications Campaign.

Station adopter Mike Warner, from Reedham station, is in the running for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution.

Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership is up for the Innovation in Community Rail award for the Brundall Gateway Project and The Friends of Cantley Station are finalists in the It’s Your Station category.

Jonathan Denby, Head of Corporate Affairs at Greater Anglia said: “We are thrilled that our Community Rail Partnerships and rail adopters across the network have been shortlisted. It is a credit to their hard work supporting local communities in partnership with Greater Anglia.”

Greater Anglia recently announced that it is doubling investment in local communities through increasing funds to Community Rail Partnerships to £240,000 per year.

Over the course of the franchise this will amount to an additional £1.1 million investment in Community Rail Partnerships.

The money will be used to help promote and develop services, support economic growth and tourism, help provide better access to education and employment, help with local regeneration and facilitate improvements to stations, by working closely with the communities along the lines.