SEVERAL groups from Bromsgrove and South Birmingham have been honoured by West Midlands Railway as part of its Cross City Heroes awards.
A total of 24 community groups and charities have earned the prestigious title following a competition organised by the operator and the West Midlands Rail Executive to celebrate 40 years of passenger services on the Cross City Line.
The line goes from Lichfield, via Birmingham New Street to Bromsgrove and Redditch and rail bosses have been looking for deserving groups and charities to honour at each of the stops.
Passengers, residents and railway staff have been submitting nominations for local clubs, charities and other groups that have made a real impact on their local area.
Among them are The North Worcestershire Basement Project (Bromsgrove), Someone at the Door Samba band (Alvechurch), Scouts Bromsgrove (Barnt Green), Pride of Longbridge (Longbridge), St Laurence Scout Group (Northfield) and Libby Mae’s Little Angels (University / Queen Elizabeth Hospital).
Sarah Yates from the Basement Project said: “We were really really happy – we wish we knew who voted for us so we could thank them.”
Charlotte Sharratt from Libby Mae’s Little Angels told The Standard: “We are both delighted and honoured to be recognised and named as a Cross City Hero especially at the station closest to the hospital where our angel was born and on the line used by Libby’s daddy every day on his commute to work.”
Gemma Cartwright MBE from Pride of Longbridge said: “I am so proud of us being named a Cross City Hero – it’s a great achievement and wonderful recognition for our heritage and for the hard work volunteers put into the project.”
Fay Easton, head of stakeholder and community for West Midlands Railway, said: “We have received a fantastic range of nominations for our Cross City Heroes competition, and the final 24 are a really deserving list of winners.
“The route is key to connecting people across the city, and there is so much going on around stations on the line.
“We want to thank everyone who submitted nominations, but more importantly to our winning groups for everything they contribute to their local communities.”
Winning groups will have their name engraved on a plaque at their designated station at the end of this month, a VIP visit to see the new trains for the route being built in Derby, which are due to be introduced from 2021.
The rail operator has also donated ten complimentary tickets for journeys across the West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway networks, to aid in the winning groups’ fundraising efforts and activities.