'Great news - we've done it!!
Cooksbridge Station Partnership has won the Best Campaign award at the annual Railfuture Rail User Group (RUG) awards.
Our nomination for this award was originally made in March 2020, following the successful conclusion of our decade-long campaign to restore a full 7 days a week train service at Cooksbridge, but unfortunately the 2020 and 2021 Railfuture RUG awards were cancelled due to Covid-19.
We are delighted to receive this national recognition from Railfuture, the UK's leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for passengers and freight. The awards aim to recognise and reward various achievements among the country's circa 300 Rail User Groups, and others, affiliated to Railfuture. Feedback from the judges was very positive particularly around the case we made to the train operator GTR (Southern), our collaborative approach and our resilience in persisting over the years until a successful outcome.
Our campaign to restore a full train service at Cooksbridge took many years and we are very grateful to all those who assisted our core team of Ian Ginn, Kevin Froude and Robert Baughan to achieve the successful outcome for our community. In particular thanks must go to the Strategic Planning Team at GTR (Southern), with whom we worked closely over many years, to Southeast Communities Rail Partnership and to Hamsey Parish Council for their unwavering support towards achieving this key objective of our Neighbourhood Plan.
Our priority going forward is to continually enhance the travelling environment at Cooksbridge station whilst ensuring that we retain a full and comprehensive train service, that fully meets the needs of our community, for this and future generations.
Cooksbridge Station Partnership.'
Very many congratulations from Hamsey Parish Council for this well-deserved award.