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Northern’s finest get ready to kick off with World Cup of Stations

Four of Northern’s finest are ready to go head-to-head with competitors from across Britain as the World Cup of Stations kicks off today (Monday).

Donning their boots for Northern are Hindley, Mytholmroyd, Chathill and Blaydon and, throughout the week, they’ll be battling for the right to be crowned Britain’s favourite station.

But, before any gongs can be handed out, they need your help to see off the competition as the winners are decided by online polls.

As the men’s football teams compete in the Nations League, the World Cup of Stations returns to give local communities the chance to vote their station ‘Best of British’.

Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions for the Rail Delivery Group, which is organising the competition, said: “The World Cup of Stations is about celebrating the thousands of stations across the country, many of which have been at the heart of their communities for more than a century.

“It’s also about recognising the friendly local faces who have kept key workers moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic.”

The competition will see 48 stations large and small representing each region of the country competing in a series of online polls starting today. Regional and national heats are sure to stoke rivalries. By Friday, the competition will have been whittled down to a final four with one of Britain’s 2,579 railway stations named the nation’s favourite on Friday evening.

Historian and presenter of UKTV’s “The Architecture The Railways Built” Tim Dunn said: “Station-fans, assemble: it’s time to do battle. Pick your station but pick it well – ‘cause this is a game of 48 sides and 200+ platforms, yet only one can return triumphant and take home that much-coveted trophy.

“Your local station squad needs you – so don’t stand silent in the sidings, get out of that waiting room and cheer loud on social media platforms. My tip for chuffing to the top of the championships is old-timer Glasgow Queen Street - back on the pitch with a new spring in its step for 2020."

Voting takes place each day on Twitter via the Rail Delivery Group (@RailDeliveryGrp) and will continue throughout the week until only one station remains – the best of the best.

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Notes to editors

  • The Rail Delivery Group represents the rail industry including train operating companies and Network Rail
  • The structure of the competition is explained in the diagram attached
  • The full list of stations competing in World Cup of Stations 2020 is as follows:

Station

Region/

Nation

Year opened

Footfall 2018-19

Station owner

Bedford

East

1859

4,058,190

Govia Thameslink Railway (Thameslink)

Cambridge

East

1845

11,983,320

Greater Anglia

Kempston Hardwick

East

1905

9,692

West Midlands Trains (London Northwestern Railway)

Welwyn Garden City

East

Current site 1926

2,867,810

Govia Thameslink Railway (Great Northern)

Leicester

East Midlands

1840

5,582,286

East Midlands Railway

Nottingham

East Midlands

1848

8,004,938

East Midlands Railway

Bottesford

East Midlands

1850

63,628

East Midlands Railway

Spalding

East Midlands

1848

193,034

East Midlands Railway

Elmstead Woods

London

1904

1,213,160

Southeastern

Falconwood

London

1936

1,045,686

Southeastern

London Kings Cross

London

1852

34,645,924

Network Rail

London Waterloo

London

1848

94,192,690

Network Rail

Middlesbrough

North East

1847

1,289,866

TransPennine Express

Newcastle

North East

1850

8,913,554

London North Eastern Railway

Chathill

North East

1847

2,546

Northern

Blaydon

North East

1835

21,428

Northern

Ainsdale

North West

1848

1,016,242

Merseyrail

Crewe

North West

1837

3,305,352

Avanti West Coast

Hindley

North West

1848

294,844

Northern

Wigan North Western

North West

1838

1,683,184

Avanti West Coast

Chirk

NRA Best Station winner

1848

77,106

Transport for Wales Rail

Norwich

NRA Best Station winner

1844

4,250,834

Greater Anglia

Penrith

NRA Best Station winner

1846

592,462

Avanti West Coast

Reading

NRA Best Station winner

1840

17,080,738

Network Rail

Aberdeen

Scotland

1867

2,616,142

ScotRail

Glasgow Queen Street

Scotland

1842

17,207,208

ScotRail

Motherwell

Scotland

Current site 1885

1,386,976

ScotRail

Wemyss Bay

Scotland

1865

213,988

ScotRail

Aylesbury

South East

1863

1,235,236

Chiltern Railways

Hedge End

South East

1990

522,492

South Western Railway

Sandown

South East

1864

150,748

South Western Railway (Island Line)

Sevenoaks

South East

1868

4,376,024

Southeastern

Barnstaple

South West

1854

432,196

Great Western Railway

Bristol Temple Meads

South West

1840

11,367,652

Network Rail

Sherborne

South West

1860

210,170

South Western Railway

Worcestershire Parkway

South West

2020

n/a

Great Western Railway

Cardiff Central

Wales

1850

12,934,304

Transport for Wales Rail

Newport

Wales

1850

2,745,064

Transport for Wales Rail

Pontypridd

Wales

1840

884,132

Transport for Wales Rail

Swansea

Wales

1850

2156036

Transport for Wales Rail

Leamington Spa

West Midlands

1852

2,773,782

Chiltern Railway

Stourbridge Junction

West Midlands

Current site 1901

1,667,752

West Midlands Trains (West Midlands Railway)

Tamworth

West Midlands

1839

1,279,204

West Midlands Trains (London Northwestern Railway)

Warwick Parkway

West Midlands

2000

682,228

Chiltern Railways

Cleethorpes

Yorkshire & The Humber

1863

296,002

TransPennine Express

Huddersfield

Yorkshire & The Humber

1847

4,897,612

TransPennine Express

Hull

Yorkshire & The Humber

1847

2,356,812

TransPennine Express

Mytholmroyd

Yorkshire & The Humber

1847

197,640

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