Peter Blackburn, chair of the Melksham Rail User Group, has been shortlisted for the "Outstanding Volunteer Contribution" at the ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships) national awards.
Dan Okey, Regional Development Manager for Great Western Railway who operate Melksham's train service says "We would like to congratulate Peter on being shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Volunteer Contribution’ ACORP award and wish him luck for the awards. It is very fitting that Peter be shortlisted, given his enthusiasm and energy in the TransWilts project from the very beginning and his efforts in helping to get the project started. Funded initially by Wiltshire Council and facilitated through a partnership between GWR, Wiltshire Council and the TransWilts CRP, the Swindon – Westbury service has grown remarkably since its introduction in 2013 and has been the fastest growing community rail line in the country for the last few years. GWR is dedicated to the communities we service. We are very proud of the achievements of the TransWilts Partnership in promoting this train and wish every success for Peter and the TransWilts CRP at the awards"
The winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Derby in early October.