Two Wirral railway stations recognised in awards ceremony

Two Merseyrail stations have been recognised in a prestigious regional rail industry award ceremony.

Hoylake station scooped the prize for best station in Wirral, while Meols station secured the In Bloom Award at the Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards.

West Kirby, another Merseyrail station, was also acknowledged with a Highly Commended place in the In Bloom category.

On announcing the Awards, Mark Barker, Chair of Cheshire Best Kept Stations said, “These Awards are a celebration and a thank you for all the volunteers and community groups who do so much to brighten up our stations in Cheshire.

“You are all winners! This is a big thank you to you all, a party for volunteers and for those who support and encourage you; rail industry, civic leaders and local authorities.

“We can celebrate something to be truly proud of at so many of our Cheshire stations. We have seen some truly excellent work from volunteers and staff at stations right across Cheshire.”

The Awards were presented before 160 guests at The Grange Theatre, Hartford, Northwich by Brian Barnsley, Deputy Chief Executive, Community Rail Network.

Jan Foster, from The Friends of Hoylake and Meols in Bloom, said, “The Friends of Hoylake in Bloom is a self-funding voluntary group.

“Our aim is to make Hoylake and Meols a lovely place to visit, live, work and play. We do this by making the towns ‘smile’ with flowers.

“The stations are a huge part of this as it is often the first impression and lasting memory of our town for visitors and can cheer people up on the way to work and welcome them home after a hard day.”

Jane English, acting managing director of Merseyrail, said, “Merseyrail is delighted to see three of our stations recognised for their welcoming appearance and cleanliness.

“Our staff work hard across the Merseyrail network to ensure we provide an excellent service to the public, and the appearance of our stations is a huge part of this.

“It’s wonderful for us to work in partnership with local community groups who are so committed and dedicated to making the place where they live the best that it can be. We are honoured and privileged to support them.”

Sally Ralston, corporate social responsibility manager for Merseyrail, said, “We are delighted to see the efforts of volunteers at the three acclaimed stations being recognised by these awards.

“Thanks to our community volunteers at Hoylake, Meols and West Kirby stations, passengers can enjoy the beautiful building and environment that is lovingly cared for.

“We hope their award success will encourage other residents and members of the community across the Merseyrail network, who are interested in getting involved with these schemes, to come forward and contact my team as these projects can help to make a real difference.”

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