Station volunteers awarded gong by rail company

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A Ground-breaking project which sees volunteers team-up with East Midlands Trains to improve Belper station has been presented with an award.

Eco-group Transition Belper and other volunteers have been improving the rail station since adopting the area in April 2012.

Since then it has been completely transformed, with mounds of rubbish being removed and overgrown areas being replaced with well tended greenery.Now, the project has been awarded the runners-up in the Community Partnership category at the East Midlands Trains Awards.

Now in their fourth year, the awards celebrate the best of the company’s 89 stations.

Andy Moore, Head of Stations for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’ve seen some fantastic improvements to stations on the Derwent Valley Line, which is largely down to the support of 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.”

Pictured at the front: Janet Pinder (Friends of Matlock Station), Kathy Fairweather (Transition Belper), Kate Pudney (Transition Belper). Back Row: Michael Wilderspin (Station Adopter and Matlock Bath Parish Council), Alastair Morley (Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership)Paul Mobbs (Customer Service Manager Derby and Derwent Valley Line) and Matty Materaghan (Station Service Team for the Derwent Valley Line).