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Ellesmere Port railway station wins award
Ellesmere Port railway station has won an award in the Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition.
The station, which is managed by Merseyrail, won the Roberts Bakery Special Award at an awards evening, at the Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich.
The High Sheriff of Cheshire and seven mayors, including the Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Cllr Gareth Anderson, and the Lord of Mayor of Chester, attended and applauded Ellesmere Port’s win.
John Hulme, organiser of Cheshire Best Kept Stations, said: “The Roberts Bakery Special Award is in recognition for the volunteer work carried out at the railway station by the Friends of Ellesmere Port Station and also for support given by local company Veolia Environmental Services. It is a superb example of creative partnership working between the train operator, Merseyrail, the local council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, a local business and community volunteers – those unsung heroes in the community.”
The award follows work carried out last year at the station by local volunteers with help from Veolia Environmental Services. The front of the station has been landscaped, flower beds and planters have been installed and the station bus shelter has been refurbished.
Michael Trevor-Barnston MBE, the chairman of Cheshire Crimebeat, who presented the awards, said: “It is good to see the local community involved at their local railway station. At Cheshire Crimebeat we know that this makes a real difference and contributes to making an area a better to visit, live and work in.”
David Roberts, from Roberts Bakery who sponsor the award, said: “Roberts Bakery is very pleased to support Cheshire Best Kept Stations and its achievements. We are delighted that Ellesmere Port has this won this award especially as the local community have made such a positive contribution.”
Bart Schmeink, managing director of Merseyrail, said: “This is Merseyrail’s first win in the Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition. My real thanks go to the volunteers who have worked at the station alongside Veolia Environmental Services. They have transformed the entrance to the station making Ellesmere Port a far better place to travel from by train.”