Great Western Railway partners shortlisted in all but one category at top community rail awards

Monday 08th August 2016

Great Western Railway and its community rail partners have been shortlisted in 13 categories out of 14 at the ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2016; with a total of 23 entries shortlisted.

To be hosted at the Southport Conference Centre on 29 September, the shortlisting recognises the role community rail plays in maintaining and improving the railway network.

This year’s awards see every community rail partnership across the Great Western network shortlisted for an award including: the Devon and Cornwall Community Rail Partnership; the Severnside Community Rail Partnership; the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership; the Heart of Wessex Community Rail Partnership and Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership.

Friends of Copplestone Station and Ashchurch Tewkesbury District Rail Promotion Group have also had entries shortlisted.

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“Throughout the Great Western Railway network community rail groups play a leading role, adding value to projects designed to improve services and make stations safer, friendlier and greener.

I am delighted all of our community rail partnerships have been shortlisted and are in contention to win an ACoRP Award.”

Notes to editors

Great Western Railway (GWR) provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services. We help over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year - across South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

We’re currently seeing the biggest investment in the network since Brunel so we can offer more trains, more seats, and shorter, more frequent journeys and continue the network’s heritage of helping connect more businesses to new and prosperous markets. Through a series of initiatives we aim to be a good neighbour to the communities we serve and are committed to making a positive social impact in those regions. Learn how we're Building a Greater West at GWR is a FirstGroup company.