Back by popular demand! The World Cup of Stations tournament - returning for its second year - is part of the run-up to Stations Day on 16 October – the rail industry’s annual celebration of all stations big and small.
This year has been tough for everyone – but stations have been there for their communities – from staff raising money for charity and volunteering with the NHS, to those keeping the trains running to help key workers travel safely.
As services return to normal, we need your help to find Britain’s best stations in our World Cup of Stations competition. Last year saw Huddersfield station crowned as the first ever winner. Will they successfully defend their title, or will we be crowning a new champion in 2020?
World Cup of Stations will run on Twitter from 21 September to 16 October, including a nominations phase, knock-out group stages, semi-finals and the final.
You can follow the action and vote for the station you want to win by following @raildeliverygrp or searching for the hashtag #WorldCupOfStations.
You can also follow the progress of the stations taking part this year with our new WCOS tournament wallchart – this will be available for download from Saturday 10 October.
21 September to 4 October: Nominations
During this phase, we’ll be asking for your nominations of stations you feel deserve to be part of the tournament via our Twitter account @raildeliverygrp.
We want you to nominate stations or staff with a story to tell:
• about their role in the Covid crisis e.g. volunteering, raising money or doing charity work for the community;
• how they’ve supported Britain’s economic recovery e.g. extra services or longer trains to help people get to work more easily;
• where investment has been made to improve the customer experience e.g. refurbished waiting rooms, new lifts, platforms or footbridges.
Make sure you include the hashtag #WorldCupOfStations.
5 to 11 October: Judging week
After the nominations phase, there will be a short pause while we consider which stations to include in the competition.
To ensure a fair spread of stations across our regions and nations, the judges’ decisions on which stations should be included in the group stages will be final.
12 to 14 October: Group stages
Using the Twitter poll feature, we’ll run 12 group stages - comprising the 10 regions and nations of Britain, plus a London group and one showcasing this year’s National Rail Awards Best Stations.
The voting will last three days, so make sure you get involved. Remember to follow the hashtag #WorldCupOfStations and print out your copy of the WCOS tournament wallchart (available for download from Saturday 10 October).
Thursday 15 October: Semi finals
The 12 winning stations from the group stages will fight it out in semi-final battles for the North, South, East and West.
Friday 16 October: The Final
The final four will come together one last time to see who will win World Cup of Stations 2020.