Coseley station on London Midland’s Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton route has been shortlisted for ‘Best Small Station’ at the 2017 National Rail Awards.
This achievement follows the creation of an extensive garden on Platform 2 thanks to the gardening expertise of a nine-strong team of local people who have adopted their station.
As part of London Midland’s Adopt a Station scheme, the green-fingered team applied to and obtained a licence from Network Rail in 2015 to tend the platform embankment area, which is outside the station lease. They worked hard over many weeks to clear the ground cover and weeds, planting a colourful mixture of flowers and shrubs in its place. The resulting green space serves as a colourful and welcoming gateway to the local community. Attracting many positive comments from customers, these gardens helped grab the attention of the award’s judging panel.
In addition to their adoption of Coseley station the adopters also show their community spirit by supporting East Coseley Big Local. This initiative, funded by the National Lottery, is helping to put the town of Coseley on the map through the far-reaching support it provides to the community. Included in the project is Darkhouse Food Bank as well as frequent events for local families and support services for groups and businesses. For their latest project, which has been funded by Big Local, the adopters will also be providing particular support to local people with disabilities and older residents. Based at their allotments on Bayer Street, the project is a supported growing project in a new polytunnel.
Faye Lambert, London Midland’s head of community rail, said: “A huge thank you to the station adopters and Big Local for adding such value to their local station and community. Their work is a real inspiration and this prestigious award shortlisting recognises how strong partnerships such as this one at Coseley with the adopters, Big Local and Network Rail create stations that are true assets to the community.”
The National Rail Awards are being held on 21 September at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west. Over 70 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manages 150 stations and operates 1,300 services a day.
London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, GTR (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info
London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, five Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work. In 2017 London Midland was named as Britain's most improved train company by the Institute of Rail Operators and the UK's most improved organisation for customer service in the UKCSI survey.
In 2017 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Gold Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2014.