We are thrilled to announce that together with Gloucestershire, Severnside and Worcestershire CRPs our Platform Rail Education project was awarded top prize in the Influencing Positive Change & Sustainability category at the Community Rail Awards last week. We are very proud to be part of this fabulous initiative with our fellow CRPs.

Platform‘s rail education scheme provides young people with sustainable and healthy travel choices in an accessible, interactive and meaningful way.

Platform fought off strong competition to be named winner of the Influencing Positive Change & Sustainability award at the 18th national Community Rail Awards, organised by Community Rail Network.

This year’s Community Rail Awards recognised a diverse array of projects, with 15 winners chosen from more than 200 entries, all demonstrating how the community rail movement continues to build links, positivity and awareness between local people and their railways.

The Community Rail Awards were held at Manchester’s Central Convention Complex on 6th October. More than 430 guests attended, including community rail volunteers, officers, rail industry leaders and government representatives.

The awards recognise the crucial, often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships, station friends volunteers and community groups, in areas such as community and youth engagement, community-led station development, diversity and inclusion, and sustainable development.

Jools Townsend, chief executive of Community Rail Network, said: “The Community Rail Awards give deserved recognition to community rail partnerships, groups and volunteers across Britain. We were thrilled to welcome more than 430 guests, alongside ministers and rail industry leaders, emphasising the great value of community rail, helping to build stronger, fairer, greener communities, served and connected by their railways and wider sustainable transport network.

“Despite another challenging year, the array of entries defied expectations, showing how community rail continues to strive to help people get the most from their railways and stations, and impact positively on local places and people’s lives.

Our congratulations go to Platform and all our winners, and thanks to everyone who supports community rail, helping the movement to go from strength to strength.”

Full details of all winners can be found here.