The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership’s initiative with Oaklands College was designed to get young people involved within the local community as well as the local railway heritage. The project asked students to create a presentation on how best to rejuvenate passenger growth on the line. This resulted in fresh ideas which were presented before a London Midland panel at their Head Offices.
The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership won 2nd prize with this project in the category ‘Involving children and Young People’ at the National Community Rail Awards held at The Roundhouse Derby on 5th October 2017.
Edna Woname, Abbey Line CRP Officer said ‘It was great to see the students work so hard to come out with such fantastic ideas. I am particularly glad that our work as a Partnership has been recognised once again and grateful for the continued support of our passengers, volunteers, Rail user group and members of the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership’.
Faye Lambert, head of community rail at London Midland, said: “Winning these awards is the result of lots of hard work that has gone on over the past year. The projects have involved people of all ages, faiths and cultures who have embraced the opportunity to be part of making their local railway better for everyone. Even though each project is individual in its own way, they all have the same goal at their heart: helping people to take pride in their local area.
“All of our adopters and community partners are incredibly passionate about what they do and it is this enthusiasm that makes community rail work so well; it’s wonderful to see their work recognised at the awards amongst such stiff competition. Everyone should be incredibly proud of their efforts’.
Collecting the award for the Abbey Line CRP: Trevor Mason (2nd left) Edna Woname ALCRP Officer, Val Male, Huma Yousaf from Oaklands College and Steve Helfet, Head of West Coast Services London Midland