Next stop - award-winning stations!

Ambergate and Belper Railway Stations are both among the honours in the latest East Midlands Trains Best Station Awards.

Ambergate took first prize for Most Improved Station and Belper was runner-up in the Community Partnership category, from 89 stations across the East Midlands area of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Lincoln.

These awards recognise the fantastic range of work that has taken place to improve the Derwent Valley Stations, through the combined efforts of station adopters, community groups, Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership and East Midlands Trains.

Ambergate's success is in recognition of the superb floral displays created by the Station adopters and substantial access improvements carried out by East Midlands Trains. New steps, footway and access road improvements are complemented by the colourful planting barrels and floral baskets, making Ambergate a vastly improved station.

Belper's Community Partnership award is in recognition of Transition Belper's fantastic community gardening and new Tile Mosaic and Station Art Gallery. These projects have been coordinated and delivered by Transition Belper, working in partnership with local schools and members of the community, Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, East Midlands Trains, Network Rail, and Belper Town Council.

Amber Valley Borough Council’s Regeneration Portfolio Holder, Councillor Kevin Buttery, commented: “It is wonderful to see that the effort of our station adopters and local communities has been recognised with these awards. A tremendous amount of hard work has been undertaken to make the stations play an important part in the communities they serve. The stations are also playing an increasingly significant role in the local economy of the area."

The Belper Station Mosaic and Art Galley project has also collected two top awards at this year’s Community Rail Awards.

Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Experience and Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains, said: "We've seen some fantastic improvements to stations on the Derwent Valley Line, which is down to the support of our station staff, the Community Rail Partnership and our excellent team of volunteers. These awards are really well deserved and our congratulations go to everybody involved in making these stations welcoming and attractive for our customers."

Derwent Valley Winners 2015

Photo: Representatives from Derwent Valley Line Stations with their Best Station Awards

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