This year’s sponsors

As always, ACoRP remain immensely grateful for the support the Community Rail Awards receive through sponsorship and in-kind support. Below, we take time out to acknowledge this year’s Award sponsors. Without them, the Awards would not be possible.

Department for Transport: As the core funder of local and rural services in England, the Department for Transport is a keen supporter of community rail. We recognise that one of the most positive ways of sharing best practice and celebrating success is through the annual ACoRP Community Rail Awards. We are therefore delighted to be associated with these awards.

Stagecoach Group: We are extremely proud to be supporting this year’s Community Rail Awards and we’re particularly pleased to be welcoming the awards to Derby, the home of East Midlands Trains. Derby has a proud history of rail heritage and coupled with two of the fantastic community rail partnerships we work with at East Midlands Trains – the ‘Derwent Valley Line’, which provides a scenic route into a host of tourist attractions, and the ‘North Staffordshire Line’, which acts as a key link between the North-West and the East Midlands, there’s a lot that we can be proud of in the city. Stagecoach, through its rail businesses, has long been a firm supporter of community rail and the improvements that it delivers to customers and communities. These awards are a well-deserved endorsement of all the fantastic work that goes on across our community rail lines to help us improve our railway and to attract more people onto our train services. We wish the very best of luck to all the nominees this year.

Angel Trains: We are pleased to support the 2017 ACoRP Awards. Angel Trains has a strong commitment to building the future of rail and recognises the importance of local people and communities in doing this. Community rail partnerships are a vital element of the success of the overall rail industry in Britain and Angel Trains is proud to support them.    

Great Western Railway: GWR has always been a huge supporter of community rail, it connects us closely to what our customers and supporters really want from their local railway and the resultant record breaking growth in passenger numbers underlines all the hard work that goes on. We are delighted to sponsor the Community Rail Awards again this year and we wish everyone the best of luck.

Bombardier Transportation: Bombardier Transportation is a complete provider of railway solutions, designing, building, testing and commissioning new rolling stock and signalling solutions, as well as providing a comprehensive maintenance and diagnostic service for rolling stock and railway infrastructure.
ACoRP is all about positive, pragmatic action to deliver benefits to the rail industry and the community it serves and Bombardier is therefore delighted to support this year’s ACoRP Community Rail Awards. These awards recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of the community rail family and we are pleased to be able to demonstrate our support and appreciation for the hard work and dedication shown by all of this year’s award nominees. Good luck to all entrants!

Porterbrook Leasing: We are pleased to be supporting the Community Rail Awards and realise the importance of community partnerships in shaping the future of the UK rail industry. Offering innovative rolling stock solutions with technological enhancements suited to the needs of the local travelling public, Porterbrook can enable community rail projects to strive within value for money constraints.

Greater Anglia: Proud to be a sponsor of the Community Rail Awards. We’re passionate about the benefits community rail and station adoption can bring for the railway and the communities it serves, so we are increasing the investment and resources we put into community rail as part of our new franchise. We are also committed to working locally and nationally to help maintain and build on the success of the community rail approach more widely.

Arriva Trains Wales: We are delighted to sponsor an event which recognises the excellent work of all the community rail partnerships, station adopters and volunteers from across the United Kingdom. We are committed to the communities we serve and highly value the positive partnership working and enthusiasm which has resulted in many achievements and successes for the rail industry local communities and tourism.

Arriva UK LOGO - a DB company Pantone 321 EPS Arriva UK Trains and Cross Country: We are proud to jointly sponsor the ACoRP Community Rail Awards. Our rail businesses work closely and positively with their community rail partnerships, collaborating on creative and innovative programmes which demonstrate the value community rail partnerships bring to UK Rail. We are therefore delighted to sponsor “Best Community Engagement Event”, recognising community rail’s contribution to growing Britain’s railways and the communities they serve.

Community Rail Lancashire: We are once again delighted to sponsor the Small Projects Award. It is true to say that a lot can often be done with a little and community rail partnerships are generally very good at coming up with low value high impact schemes often with some help from the small grants fund looked after by ACoRP. This award has attracted some very exciting projects in the past and with an ever tightening financial position facing many partnerships doing a lot with a little will become ever more important.
Govia: As the UK’s busiest rail operator, we are delighted to once again be supporting the Community Rail Awards. We believe it is important to work collaboratively and to recognise and reward success, whilst seeking to improve these crucial community services for future generations.
Grand Central: We are pleased to continue our support of the 2017 Community Rail Awards. We congratulate all nominees for the tremendous work they do bringing transformational change to their community.

Grand Central: We are pleased to continue our support of the 2017 Community Rail Awards. We congratulate all nominees for the tremendous work they do bringing transformational change to their community.

Rail Media: We are backing this dynamic category with the aim to encourage more young people to get involved with railways. At this year’s Community Rail Awards ‘Involving Children and Young People’ shines a light on the hard work being done by so many in the community rail movement to bring youth to rail. The need for young people to take up a career on the railway has never been greater. Community rail partnerships see children, students and young adults getting out there and experiencing life on the railway at first hand. It’s of incomparable value and Rail Media is right behind the burgeoning community rail movement.

ScotRail (high res) (002) Abellio – ScotRail: “We are delighted to support this year’s annual Community Rail Awards and the “It’s Your Station” award. Our stations are at the heart of many communities, and only through working with local people can we ensure the benefits they bring are there for everyone to enjoy – connecting people with jobs, business with customers, tourists with destinations and communities with opportunities for growth and prosperity”

TransPennine Express: We are delighted to support the Innovation in Community Rail category of the ACoRP annual awards. TransPennine Express are focussed on “Taking the North Further”, with a fleet of new trains, additional services and an enhanced customer experience. Innovations delivered on Community Rail routes, and the interchanges they have with mainline routes, will support continued growth in passenger numbers and support the delivery of ever improving local railways. Good luck to all the finalists!

VT Logo - EXTERNAL USE - Feb 09Virgin Trains: Proud to be sponsoring the 2017 Community Rail Awards. Our high-speed trains along the East and West coast, serve several mainline stations that act as gateways to
community railways. We look forward to working with supporters of these vital economic lifelines; to grow inbound traffic and enhance the range of journey opportunities available to the people of the communities they serve.

Merseyrail: We are among the highest performing rail operators in the UK and committed to serving the communities in which we operate. We are delighted to be associated with these awards that celebrate the value of individuals in society who otherwise may not be recognised.

Eversholt Rail Group: Eversholt Rail Group is delighted once again to be a sponsor of the ACoRP Community Rail Awards. We recognise and applaud both the phenomenal growth in passenger demand and the wider-ranging benefits to local economies and quality of life that Community Rail schemes and initiatives continue to deliver. Eversholt Rail Group greatly values its excellent working relationship with the ACoRP team, which is fundamental to ensuring that we understand stakeholders’ needs and provide cost-effective rolling stock solutions optimised to meet them.

RSWlogoPNGRail Safety Week: We are extremely proud to be sponsoring, and working with ACoRP and all their members. The endless hours and dedication from so many volunteers across the country has changed a vast amount of stations, along with changing the way the public see and treat their local stations. Unsung heroes in our opinion. Good luck to all the nominees

Northern_Global_Logo_Reserved_Blue_RGB Northern: Through our ambitious modernisation plan we are committed to making the North a better place to live and work for everyone. Our work with community rail partnerships, station adoption groups and other community partners is vital to making this happen, and that is why we’re proud to sponsor the Involving Diverse Groups category at this year’s awards. The awards provide a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase the best of community rail and to recognise the hard work and dedication of all involved. To everyone taking part this year we wish you all the very best of luck.

The Railway Magazine [Converted]The Railway Magazine: Proud to support the 2017 Community Rail Awards. This year The Railway Magazine is celebrating 120 years of supporting and reporting Britain’s railways…. and is looking forward to many more decades of being at the heart of our thriving industry.


WiCR Logo V2WiCR (Women in Community Rail): We are delighted to support the community rail awards which showcase so much good practice. We continue to support and encourage females and males from across the community rail world and look forward to seeing some fantastic innovation.