Northern scooped nine awards and five highly commended for our stations at the recent Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards.

Northwich station was named the best station in Cheshire West, Handforth in Cheshire East and Marple in the Transport for Greater Manchester area.

Romiley station won a special First World War Centenary Award, whilst Knutsford was named the Best Staffed station in Cheshire.

Further awards and commendations for Northern stations went to:

  • Padgate
  • Chelford
  • Goostrey
  • Greenbank
  • Hattersley
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Reddish South
  • Sandbach

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many communities taking an active interest in the railway – and putting so much effort into making the most of their stations.

“We are proud to be part of Cheshire’s Best Kept Stations and to have the chance to recognise the amazing dedication and hard work of volunteers across the county.”

Professor Garfield Southall, Dean of Science and Engineering at the University of Chester and Chair of North Cheshire Community Rail Partnership, said: “It was a great pleasure to present these awards and it has been an eye-opener to see how much volunteering there is on our railway stations in Cheshire.

“My thanks go to all those Friends Groups and rail staff that make our stations lovely gateways to our cities, towns and villages across the county."

Further details of the event can be found here.