VOLUNTEERS dedicating their spare time to rejuvenating the town’s railway station could be in line for an award.
North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (CRP) projects and station volunteers have been shortlisted in the national Community Rail Awards 2013.
The awards, presented by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), are awarded each year to recognise outstanding achievement and best practice in community rail development.
Among the awards is the outstanding teamwork category, which recognises the work of the partnership and station volunteers in regenerating the smaller stations, which includes those at Uttoxeter Railway Station.
It recognises the support they offer through fund-raising, involving the community in station improvement projects and transforming station gardens.
The North Staffordshire CRP, which works with East Midlands Trains to promote and develop the local Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent to Derby service, is on the shortlist in three award categories, including the Small Projects Award and Community art schemes.
Partnership chairman Michael Willmot said: “We are delighted to be on the shortlist.
“With more than 50 community rail partnerships and many station friends groups across the country competing for these awards it is a great achievement and reflects the continued and sterling support of all our volunteers and members.”
Neil Micklethwaite, customer service and commercial director for East Midlands Trains, said: “It is great news that the North Staffordshire CRP has been shortlisted for so many awards this year.
“This is a real demonstration of the great work that has been done by the team and we wish them the best of luck.”
The awards, which are sponsored by train operators and rail industry organisations, will be presented at a special awards ceremony to be held in Llandudno, Wales, on Friday, September 27.