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World Cup of Stations returns for third year

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Voting has commenced for the Rail Delivery Group’s annual World Cup of Stations competition.

In 2020, Glasgow Queen Street was voted the winner, after a closely fought runoff with Hudderfield, Stourbridge Junction and London King’s Cross.

Now in its third year, the annual tournament is this year focusing on stations that play a vital role in supporting their local economy recover from the pandemic by getting people back to doing the things they love whether it’s going on holiday, visiting museums and galleries or dining out.

Over 1,200 nominations for 250 stations were received and now 48 qualifiers go into the 12-group play offs.

The 48 are divided up into 12 categories which reflect each station’s role in the community, such as being the gateway for adventure, culture, history or nights out.

The polls for the tournament will be hosted on the Rail Delivery Group Twitter account – @RailDeliveryGrp – where the latest news will be found using the hashtag #WorldCupOfStations.

The 12 group winners will progress to the semi-finals on Thursday 14 October 2021, until Friday’s final will see which of the four stations will be the overall winner.

Margaret Hoey, Scotrail.

Maggie Hoey, ScotRail general manager at Glasgow Queen Street station, which is back to defend its title, said: “Glasgow Queen Street is playing a vital role in getting the city going after the pandemic so we’re delighted to be in the tournament again. We’ll be taking it one round at a time because at the end of the day there are no easy match ups at this level. But we certainly won’t be parking the train.

“We have a strong team and a great fan base and we’ll be as sick as a parrot if we don’t bring the World Cup of Stations home to Glasgow again.”

The competition comes as stations up and down the country are welcoming more and more passengers back on board. The summer saw a huge uplift of leisure journeys to almost pre-pandemic levels with staycationers, daytrippers and shoppers making the most of stress-free travel to arrive at their destinations.

Commuter rail journeys are also steadily increasing, with workers going back to offices. Research commissioned by RDG shows the important role of a thriving railway and estimates that the total spend of rail passengers on items such as shops, restaurants and hotels generates £133 billion a year for local businesses.

Jacqueline Starr, RDG.

Jacqueline Starr, chief executive at the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Train stations up and down the country are helping local areas to recover from the pandemic by enabling people to get back to doing the things they love.

“Whether it’s getting to a gallery, seeing the sights or going to a restaurant, the World Cup of Stations will celebrate the stations and rail staff that local communities are relying on to recover.”

The full entry list:

Station

Category

Region

Train Operating Company

Aviemore

Adventure

Scotland

ScotRail

Llanbedr

Adventure

Wales – Cymru

TfW Rail

Edale

Adventure

East Midlands

Northern Trains

Oxenholme Lake District

Adventure

North West

Avanti West Coast

Eastbourne

Awards

South East

Govia Thameslink Railway (Southern)

Grange-over-Sands

Awards

North West

Northern Trains

London Bridge

Awards

London

Network Rail

Wakefield Westgate

Awards

Yorkshire And The Humber

London North Eastern Railway

Hastings

Beside the sea

South East

Southeastern

Nethertown

Beside the sea

North West

Northern Trains

St Ives

Beside the sea

South West

Great Western Railway

Tenby

Beside the sea

Wales – Cymru

TfW Rail

Bath Spa

City breaks

South West

Great Western Railway

Glasgow Queen Street

City breaks

Scotland

ScotRail

London Waterloo

City breaks

London

Network Rail

Manchester Piccadilly

City breaks

North West

Network Rail

Coventry

Culture

West Midlands

Avanti West Coast

Hull

Culture

Yorkshire And The Humber

TransPennine Express

Norwich

Culture

East

Greater Anglia

Oxford

Culture

South East

Great Western Railway

Crewe

Enthusiasts

North West

Avanti West Coast

Stourbridge Junction

Enthusiasts

West Midlands

West Midlands Trains (West Midlands Railway)

Swindon

Enthusiasts

South West

Great Western Railway

York

Enthusiasts

Yorkshire And The Humber

London North Eastern Railway

London Liverpool Street

Food

London

Network Rail

Malton

Food

Yorkshire And The Humber

TransPennine Express

Newcastle

Food

North East

London North Eastern Railway

Stoke-On-Trent

Food

West Midlands

Avanti West Coast

Acocks Green

History

West Midlands

West Midlands Trains (West Midlands Railway)

Cambridge

History

East

Greater Anglia

Huddersfield

History

Yorkshire And The Humber

TransPennine Express

Winchester

History

South East

South Western Railway

Brockenhurst

Nature

South East

South Western Railway

Buxton

Nature

East Midlands

Northern Trains

Great Malvern

Nature

West Midlands

West Midlands Trains (West Midlands Railway)

Linlithgow

Nature

Scotland

ScotRail

Brighton

Nights out

South East

Govia Thameslink Railway (Southern)

Cardiff Central

Nights out

Wales – Cymru

TfW Rail

Liverpool Central

Nights out

North West

Merseyrail

Vauxhall

Nights out

London

South Western Railway

Darlington

Shopping

North East

London North Eastern Railway

Glasgow Central

Shopping

Scotland

Network Rail

Leeds

Shopping

Yorkshire And The Humber

Network Rail

Narberth

Shopping

Wales – Cymru

TfW Rail

Hedge End

Sport

South East

South Western Railway

Plymouth

Sport

South West

Great Western Railway

Sheffield

Sport

Yorkshire And The Humber

East Midlands Railway

Wolverhampton

Sport

West Midlands

West Midlands Trains (West Midlands Railway)

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