Tarka Line News

The Tarka Rail Association is pleased to announce that it was one of the winners in the 2017 rail user group awards, which have now been running for 6 years. It was awarded a gold award for the best newsletter along with Friends of the Far North Line.

These awards are given by the national organisation Rail Future who campaign for a better passenger and freight rail network. One of the judges, Stewart Palmer visited the Tarka Rail Association at their committee meeting in Umberleigh to discuss the criteria for the awards and how our entry in the “Best Newsletter” is used by the Tarka Rail Association to communicate to its members. Also the format and general editorial content were discussed. Prior to this meeting the association sent copies of two recent editions of the magazine.

Every one of the eight Rail Future branch areas from which the 18 nominations came, from Scotland to Devon and Cornwall, saw at least one entrant awarded a gold, silver or black-framed certificate. The ‘Best Website’ Gold Award went to Stourbridge Line User Group. Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group won the Oliver Lovell Award for Best New Group. The Gold Award for Best Campaign went to the Melksham Rail User Group; and it was notable that all of winning entries focused on step-free access campaigns. The Clara Zilahi Award for Best Campaigner in 2017 has been awarded to Francesca Caine from the Hadley Wood RUG. This year’s Judges’ Special Award has been given to The New Stations Fund, for enabling 10 stations to be added to the national network and bring access to rail services closer to local communities.

Alan Clark

Stations Officer, Tarka Rail Association