GREENBANK Train Station in Northwich was one of six stations on the Mid Cheshire Line to win awards from Cheshire Best Kept Stations for their volunteer work.

Becky Styles from Northern Trains and Sarah Morgan from the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership visited the stations to congratulate the teams from the winning stations.

Greenbank, Plumley and Knutsford stations won 2020 Special Awards for their efforts on their stations, with Altrincham Interchange, Hale and Delamere being highly commended.

Volunteer work on the stations ranges from tidying the stations, gardening and creating art work – all of which makes them more welcoming for those travelling by train.

Work on the Mid Cheshire Line is supported by the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership, Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association and Northern Trains who manage the stations.

John Hulme, president of Cheshire Best Kept Stations, said: “Our awards for 2020 were a virtual event due to the pandemic and it has taken until now to visit the stations to present the awards to the winning Friends Groups.

“Cheshire Best Kept Stations can confirm that for 2021, subject to the country coming out of lockdown, we will be returning to our normal format with an awards evening as usual.

“Our judges will be making unannounced visits to Cheshire stations during the summer months, and we wish everyone success for 2021 as Friends Groups return to their various projects on their stations.”

Sarah Morgan, the Mid Cheshire Community Rail partnership officer, said: “I am delighted that six of our stations on the Mid Cheshire Line have been recognised in the Cheshire Best Kept Stations awards.

“The Mid Cheshire Line has Friends Groups at most of our stations, so I would like to take this opportunity of thanking them all for their continuing hard work whether they have won awards or not."