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 below
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.
About the Group Stages Stations
RAIL AWARD WINNERS
Although small, Chirk Station already has some fantastic trophies in its cabinet, winning this year’s Best Small Station Award at the National Rail Awards and winning for six years in a row an ‘Outstanding’ mark in the RHS’ ‘It’s Your Neighboured’ Awards. Will this always immaculate station win this year’s World Cup of Stations? Watch this space to find out.
Norwich has already recently won ‘Best Large Station of the Year’ at the National Rail Awards 2020. But will they be able to add the World Cup of Stations title to their collection? If you think they deserve to win, make sure to vote for them
Another award-winning station, Penrith was recently named the Medium Station of the Year at the National Rail Awards 2020. With its multi-use communal space and excellent step-free access to all platforms, it certainly is a strong contender for the World Cup of Stations
After winning the National Rail Awards 2020 ‘Major Station of the Year’, Reading Station is hoping for a clean sweep. Passengers love the station’s attentive staff and impressive roof structure. Vote for them in this year’s World Cup of Stations
Elmstead Woods station has been shortlisted for the Community Rail Awards 2020, for its work to support social inclusion in its community and support the town’s economic development. It’s hoping its community spirit will help take it all the way in this year’s World Cup of Stations
This super-friendly station consistently earns plaudits for its happy and uplifting atmosphere. Will the family feel at Falconwood sway your vote at this year’s World Cup of Stations?
London Kings Cross
You’ll surely have heard of this one… They won Best Station in Europe in 2020, for its fantastic passenger experience, accessibility, and cleanliness, but can London Kings Cross take the World Cup of Stations crown?
London Waterloo played a massive part in raising funds for the Railway Children charity through their sleepout at the beginning of the year. Will their charitable efforts help them win the 2020 World Cup of Stations?
Aylesbury station has been hard at work this year and has upgraded its bike storage to now include 172 brand-new hydraulic bike racks. It has also been working with its community to beautify the station introducing new planters and hanging baskets to help cheer passengers up. If you think their hard work has paid off, make sure to vote for them!
Hedge End is truly a community station. Their Community Ambassador Sheree Whetree led the charge during lockdown to brighten up the station for customers, creating window displays to thank key workers and planting new flowers to make the station a welcoming space for her community. Make sure to give all the staff at Hedge End your vote.
Sandown station has been the centre of the ‘Food on the Move’ project over lockdown, producing and delivering meals to some of the most vulnerable in their community – they have even decided to extend the project due to its success. Impressed by the station’s charitable work, then make sure to vote for them in the 2020 World Cup of Stations
Sevenoaks and its staff have continued throughout these challenging times to support their community. Printing templates for local medics’ scrubs and creating a gigantic ‘Thank You NHS’ display to cheer the whole community. Vote for Sevenoaks now in the World Cup of Stations
Over the last few months, Bedford Station has been working hard to support some of the most vulnerable in its community through the Railway Food Collection Point. If you want to say thank you for their great work, then make sure to vote for them in the World Cup of Stations and help get them to the final. 🏆
Cambridge was a semi-finalist in last year’s competition and has had another fantastic year with £4m secured to extend the station for new commuter trains. Help them get all the way this year by voting today.
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Garden City has recently been through a £1 million refurbishment to upgrade the footbridge and provide passengers with better access to the station. Travelled through recently and seen the upgrades? Then make sure to give them a vote in this year’s World Cup of Stations
Kempston Hardwick is a station at the heart of its community. Its superb station staff and customer care team have been praised by the public for the fantastic service they always provide to customers. Show them your support by voting for them in this year’s World Cup of Stations
Bottesford is another award-winning station, previously winning Most Enhanced Station in the 2019 Community Rail awards for the great work it does to support its community. Help them reach the final by voting for today!
Spalding station has just gone through brand new renovations to give the station a facelift and improve accessibility. If you think their new look is enough to get them through to the finals, then make sure to vote for them.
Leicester station is a central part of the city’s architecture and has played a crucial role in helping keep the region moving during these challenging times. Do they have your vote in the World Cup of Stations?
Nottingham station is another major player in the East Midlands they play a pivotal role in connecting the city, and its region, to the rest of the UK. Its staff have also done a fantastic job of providing excellent customer service to passengers in these difficult times. Is this enough or your vote?
YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER
Cleethorpes station has gone above and beyond during the pandemic to ensure facemasks, hand sanitiser and signage are always readily available for customers. Give them a vote if you want to see them in the final of the World Cup of Stations
Reigning champions Huddersfield are back for another year to see if they can do the double and take this year’s World Cup of Stations for a second year running. Will their Station Cats Felix and Bolt be enough to get your vote?
Hull played a key role in the Launch of the Sunflower Lanyards on the rail network back in March 2020, supporting customers who have a non-visible disability. They have also recently invested in brand-new cycle storage facilities to help more customers travel by bike to the station. Which reason will get your vote?
Another award-winning station Mytholmroyd previously won an Outstanding Contribution at the Community Rail Awards this year for working with local residents, businesses, schools, and community groups to improve their local station. Is this enough for your vote?
Bristol Temple Meads
Bristol Temple Meads is another former finalist from last year’s competition. They have another fantastic year and have recently installed new water fountains to tackle plastic pollution on the network! Make sure to give them a vote for their green credentials.
Sherborne station is pulling out all the stops this year, having recently put in a new roof, clock, and tracks to help improve their station for passengers. This puts them in a strong position for this year’s World Cup of Stations, but will it be enough?
Worcestershire Parkway is the country’s first brand-new station in more than 100 years. Although only opening in February, it is already making a name for itself. Give the underdog support and vote for in the World Cup of Stations.
Barnstaple station has praised for its wonderful, friendly, and helpful staff. And last year it saw extra trains added to its branch line to help it provide greater capacity and consistent service for passengers. Will this be enough to win them votes in the World Cup of Stations.
Another station cat has joined the World Cup of Stations hall of fame. Will Stourbridge’s station cat George prove a match for Huddersfield’s Felix? George has been an invaluable member of the station team during the pandemic, sharing railway safety messages with passengers. Make sure to give George and Stourbridge a vote in the World Cup of Stations.
Tamworth station has recently gone through some refurbishment work to increase accessibility around the station, helping to provide passengers with the best possible lift services. This sounds like they are a worthy contender for the World Cup of Stations.
Another eco-friendly competitor, Warwick Parkway, has recently installed new LED lighting as part of a project to reduce its carbon footprint. Will this be enough to sway your vote in the World Cup of Stations.
Nominated by their MP Matt Western, Leamington Spa has been praised for its fantastic gardens and the amazing work staff are doing during these challenging times. If you think they should make it to the semi-finals, vote for them now in the World Cup of Stations now.
Cardiff Central is Wales’ busiest station and was previously a semi-finalist in last year’s World Cup of Stations. Will their recent redecoration be enough to get your vote the World Cup of Stations?
Nominated by its MP Ruth Jones, the staff at Newport station have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure key workers can get to work and passengers are safe. Can they take the crown in the World Cup of Stations?
Featured in this year’s videos, the staff at Pontypridd have been implementing new cleaning and safety measures to help keep passengers safe and ensure they can travel with confidence. Make sure to show them your support by voting.
Swansea station is celebrating its 170th birthday this year - what a great present it would be if they were to win this year’s World Cup of Stations! Make sure to vote for them, if you they think they deserve the crown.
Aberdeen has recently gone through a programme of significant enhancements to improve the quality of the station’s retail facilities for passengers. Will this be enough to get them to get your vote in this year’s World Cup of Stations?
Glasgow Queen Street
Glasgow Queen Street is in the final phase of its £120m redesign which will see the size of the old station, built-in 1842, almost double. Is its new and modern enough to get your vote in the World Cup of Stations?
Motherwell is another station in Scotland going through redevelopment that will see the station have a new forecourt and roof! Have they done enough this year to get your vote?
Wemyss Bay was previously a 2019 World Cup of Stations finalist. Last year it was praised for its architectural splendour, but will this be to get them into the finals again? If you want them to better their second place from last year, then make sure to give them your vote.
Ainsdale has recently become the most environmentally friendly station on the network due to its recent refurbishment. Will its green credentials be enough to get your vote?
Crewe station has worked to make passengers and their community smile, sharing dance videos online to cheer the entire network up throughout the pandemic. If they’ve made you smile, make sure to vote for them in the World Cup of Stations.
Hindley station comes highly commended by National Rail, recently winning Best Small Station of the Year. Will their recent success help them win this year’s World Cup of Stations?
Wigan North Western
Station staff at Wigan North Western are working hard during the pandemic to support key workers, delivering good drops for some and with staff even volunteering to work for the NHS during the crisis. Will they get your vote in the World Cup of Stations?
At the Community Rail Awards, Blaydon station won an Angel Award for the outstanding contributions it made to their community during Covid-19. Was it enough to sway your vote for the World Cup of Stations?
Over the coronavirus pandemic, Middlesbrough station handed out a massive 10,000 masks to their local community. Could this make them the next winner of the World Cup of Stations?
Newcastle is set to undergo a multi-million-pound renovation that will change the face of the historic Central Station. Before work begins, will they be your choice in the World Cup of Stations?
Chathill station has been praised for its beautifully kept station gardens and attentive and friendly staff. Do they have your vote in this year’s World Cup of Stations?