North Staffordshire Line stations win again

18th September 2015

North Staffordshire Line stations (Crewe-Stoke-Derby route) have again been put in the spotlight at the annual East Midlands Trains (EMT) Best Stations Awards.

EMT has held the Best Stations Awards since 2010, and each and every year North Staffordshire Line stations have won one or more titles, highlighting the work of North Staffordshire CRP, community projects, station volunteers and partnership working towards improving route stations for passengers.

This year, Alsager took the Community Partnership Award in recognition of the involvement of schoolchildren in improving the station gardens and commemorating World War 1, and individual projects with the station volunteers like station twinning with Rose Hill, In Bloom and a new garden celebrating 100 years of the Women’s Institute.

Kidsgrove was named East Midlands Trains Best Small Station, recognising the successful community-inspired fund-raising and partnership project to transform the station with improved access and a transport interchange; the further community rail project at Kidsgrove, a community enterprise café A Spotter Tea was also highlighted, as was the contribution of station volunteers and station gardens awards.

Tutbury & Hatton was Runner Up in Most Improved Station thanks to inspirational work by the station volunteers with East Staffordshire Greenhouse BUDS project, and the support of Nestle through North Staffordshire CRP that has created the best ever floral displays at the station.

Uttoxeter, the 2014 winner of the Station Environment Award, was Runner Up in the same category this year, reflecting the continued outstanding contribution by the station volunteers and North Staffordshire CRP to deliver an improved station environment for passengers.

Faye Lambert, Project Manager for North Staffordshire CRP who nominated the stations in partnership with the Derby Station Management Team, said: “Many thanks to station volunteers, our funding partners, all our community supporters along the route and great station support staff at EMT, whose backing has made it possible to deliver the continued improvements to and pride in Crewe route stations that have been recognised with these awards.”

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