Northern’s partners led the way at this year’s Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) National Community Rail Awards.

Despite facing competition from 430 community rail partnerships nationally and 201 entries, Northern colleagues walked away with 13 top three placings

The awards were set up to recognise innovative and impressive community rail projects, events and schemes, with this year’s event hosted by East Midlands Trains at The Roundhouse, Derby.

Northern successes on the night were:

Small Projects Award (under £500): Mytholmroyd Station Partnership (1st); Friends of Hindley Station (2nd)
It’s Your Station: Gold Winner: Friends of Hindley Station
Outstanding Volunteers Contribution: Sheila Davidson, Friends of Hindley Station (1st); Tim Owne, Lakes Line and Furness Line CRPs (2nd)
ACoRP award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Rail: Community Rail Cumbria (PICTURED)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Paul Salveson MBE
Involving Diverse Groups: Community Rail Cumbria (2nd)
Community Art Schemes: Friends of Buxton Station (2nd)
Best Community Engagement Event: Community Rail Cumbria (3rd)
Best Marketing/Communications Campaign: Community Rail Lancashire (3rd)
Innovation in Community Rail: Community Rail Cumbria – Mail Room Millom Station (3rd)
Photo Competition: Friends of Heaton Chapel – Brownies helping Friends of Heaton Chapel (3rd)
Craig Harrop, Community and Sustainability Director said: “I am really proud of all our community rail partners in achieving their tremendous success at the 2017 ACoRP awards.

“These awards are thoroughly deserved and are the result of many hours hard work and dedication by everyone involved.

“They are a beacon of success for other rail partnerships and reflect the many different strategic strands that make up community rail, including station partnerships, heritage and innovation, social responsibility and infrastructure development.”