Lewes Railway Station has won first prize in the Community Station section of Southern Railway’s Stars and Tsars competition.
The £1,000 prize is to be shared among all participants to continue their improvement work at the station.
Judges were made up of Southern staff, members of the Stakeholder Advisory Board and external partners. The aim is to celebrate the best in service quality in Southern – thanking those who made a personal contribution towards the company’s vision of making every journey better for passengers.
Southern said: “Over the past 12 months the team at Lewes has worked with station staff to transform the station planters and gardens. This has resulted in beautiful colour being brought to the station and help to forge a real sense of community.”
The station team, Lewes Town Council and other members of the community also got behind events for the Seaford Line 150th Anniversary, greatly supporting the Sussex Community Rail Partnership.
Sam Bryant, who heads up the Brighton-Seaford Line branch of the Community Rail project, said: “I’m so pleased and proud and thanks to Cllr Stephen Catlin for getting it all rolling and making it work.”
Cllr Catlin was rather more modest about his role at Lewes, explaining that the triumph was down to the station staff in all departments as well as the gardening volunteers, Mary, Jane, Lindsay, and himself.