Date published: 20 August 2019
The new hourly train service between Gainsborough Central and Sheffield has been shortlisted for a Community Rail Award – highlighting the positive impact of the service.
The service, put forward by the North Notts & Lincs Community Rail Partnership, is shortlisted under the category ‘Influencing Positive Change’.
After 26 years without any weekday services, Gainsborough Central Station saw the return of hourly trains between Gainsborough, Retford, Worksop and Sheffield in May this year.
The service brings rail passengers right into the heart of Gainsborough, offering easy access to the award-winning Marshall’s Yard retail park, as well as work and educational opportunities in the town.
The launch of the station was possible due to partnership work between Northern, Lincolnshire County Council, West Lindsey District Council and the Community Rail Partnership.
Cllr Owen Bierley, Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at the Council, said: “What an honour to have the hard work from partners in the region recognised in this way. The new service makes Gainsborough more accessible as a place to visit, work and study. It’s been a key step for ensuring that the town thrives, and I look forward to seeing it continue to positively impact the town.”
Barry Coward, Chairman of the North Notts & Lincs Community Rail Partnership, was an instrumental campaigner for the service.
He said: "For thirty years railways in our area were in decline. Creating a community rail partnership has reversed the trend. I am pleased ACoRP has recognised this first step in improving public transport here."
Northern were overjoyed to hear that the service had been shortlisted for the award.
Carolyn Watson, Community and Sustainability Director, Northern, said: “This shortlisting is fantastic recognition of the efforts of all involved in making this new service a reality. Community rail has a strong tradition across the Northern network and projects like this are evidence of the positive impact it can have on the communities we serve.”
The Community Rail Awards, now in its 15th year, recognises the important and often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships, station adopters and community groups, in areas such as station enhancement, community engagement and diversity.
The overall winners will be announced at a gala presentation evening on Thursday 3 October at The International Centre, Telford.
To learn more about the weekday hourly train service from Gainsborough Central and buy tickets, visit: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/stations/GNB