South Western Railway customers are being urged to get behind Sandown Train Station this week as it competes in an online poll to be crowned the winner of the 2020 World Cup of Stations.
The World Cup of Stations, returning for its second year, will give Islanders a chance to cheer on their local station as it competes in the top-flight of social media polling. The competition comes as stations up and down the country welcome more people back to the railway, supporting communities and local businesses as Britain continues to learn to live with COVID-19.
By Friday (16th October), the competition will have been whittled down to a final 4 with 1 of Britain’s 2,579 railway stations named the nation’s favourite on Friday evening.
A Cinderella story unfolded last year when Huddersfield saw off competition from some of the country’s biggest and busiest stations, including nearby juggernaut Leeds. Sherborne will look to repeat the giant-killing trick this year as they start out in the regional group stages with other stations.
local community and Hampshire!”
Sandown begins the competition in the South East group with SWR station Hedge End, along with Aylesbury and Sevenoaks.
The Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership (CRP) and the Gaslight Café have been an inspiration to the Island’s community. As stories emerged of some people on the Island struggling to cope financially and to put food on the table, the partnership agreed with SWR to help fund Food on the Move. This brilliant initiative has prevented many vulnerable people going hungry during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Tony King, South Western Railway’s Flagship Station Manager for the Island, said:
“It’s been a tough year, and Sandown has been the focal point for many who’ve needed help during this crisis. Uniquely, the station has played a key role in keeping the local vulnerable people fed, with station staff and the local CRP really going above and beyond. These community champions richly deserve some recognition for their efforts.”
“We’re small but mighty, so let’s make the Island proud and win this competition!”