ACoRP’s former General Manager Neil Buxton has been awarded an OBE in recognition of his service to local and rural railways in this year’s New Year Honours list.
Neil, who headed up ACoRP for sixteen years until his retirement at the end of 2016, has devoted many years to community rail and so this is a well deserved accolade. In his time at ACoRP, the community rail movement grew and flourished across the country. He also oversaw the large expansion and restructure of the staff team following extra funding guaranteed by the Department for Transport through the current Northern rail franchise.
Prior to working at ACoRP, Neil was a key figure in the development of his own local community rail partnership along the Esk Valley line. This saw him oversee the development and rejuvenation of the line connecting Middlesbrough to Whitby.