As part of Community Rail Week 2023, Rail Delivery Group have teamed up with Community Rail Network to host the World Cup of Stations. This annual tournament established in 2019, celebrates the UK’s best stations by having them battle it out head-to-head in an online public vote.
This year we are looking to crown ‘The UK’s Best Loved Station’ and shine a spotlight on the work of dedicated volunteers that support our stations through Community Rail.
Over 1,200 stations across Britain are supported by station adoption groups, made up entirely of volunteers, that help to make stations welcoming and safe, bring people together and add value to their communities. Often the work of these groups extends beyond basic upkeep, incorporating community gardening and food growing, local arts projects, and workshops and visits with children and young people.
Community Rail Network represents station adoption groups across Britain (alongside over 75 community rail partnerships) supporting them to be effective in benefiting their communities and railways, socially, environmentally, and economically.
We have partnered with Community Rail Network, by holding this year’s competition during Community Rail Week, to showcase community rail and the benefits the railways bring to residents, the environment and the local economy.
stations rejuvenated by local adoption groups who are creating spaces for the local community
|Region||Shortlisted Station 1||Shortlisted Station 2||Shortlisted Station 3||Shortlisted Station 4|
|East Midlands||Sleaford||Ambergate||Kettering||Market Rasen|
|London||Tolworth||Denmark Hill||Highams Park||Chingford|
|North East||Manors||MetroCentre (Gateshead)||Haltwhistle||Shildon|
|South East||Swaythling||Whyteleafe||Bognor Regis||Hollingbourne|
|West Midlands||Coventry||Evesham||Leamington Spa||Wylde Green|
|Tim Dunn's bonus round||Bishopstone (Sussex)||Lancaster||Wemyss Bay||Glenfinnan|
The vote in the Grand Final is open until midnight.
For more information about community rail and how you could get involved working with your local station, please get in touch with Community Rail Network.