DVL Projects shortlisted in ACoRP 2014 Awards for Community Rail

Alastair Morley (DVL Community Rail Partnership Officer) writes to say that 3 projects have been shortlisted for awards at this year’s ACoRP National Community Rail Awards. 

 The  projects are:

1.     Category 3. ‘Best Station Garden/Floral Displays - for ‘Derwent Valley Line Stations Floral displays’

A new 14 mile Derwent Valley Line Floral Display was created in July 2013 with 58 new planters blooming across the seven stations between Duffield and Matlock.  These 58 new ‘mini’ gardens comprised 36 flower baskets, 19 barrel planters and3 hanging baskets, adding to the existing platform planters and hanging baskets.  In total there are now an amazing 94 floral displays across the 7 stations containing nearly 1000 flowering plants and small perennial shrubs.

Additionally, there has been extensive new station gardens created at Whatstandwell and Cromford, whilst Belper Station Garden has been back in full bloom.  

 This project recognises the improvements that have occurred at all the stations over the last 12 months for which I would to thank
all the volunteers at our 7 stations and support from Matty at EMT. 

2.     Category 6. ‘Innovation in Community Rail’ – Matlock Train Radar

A uniquely, innovative and low cost Train Radar Detector has been developed and installed at Matlock Station to communicate accurate real time passenger information at all Derwent Valley Line Stations. 

A NALPS radar has been installed at the entrance/exit of Matlock station to detect the arrival and departure of the train at Matlock.  Detecting the train and its direction of travel has provided real time recording data to the Local Information Control Centre (LICC) which in turn has automatically updated automated Public Address and CIS at local stations.  

This solution has application to many other rural routes throughout the country


3.     Category 11. ‘Passengers Matter’ – Belper Passenger Improvements

Increasing passenger numbers at Belper have instigated the need for enhanced passenger facilities.  Improvements include:
  • New waiting shelters on both platforms.
  • Installation of the Ticket Vending Machine inside the new large shelter on Platform 2 for passengers travelling to Derby and Nottingham.
  • New Seating on Platform 1, new seating to be installed on Platform 2 after wall is replaced.
  • New cycle stands to be installed once wall is replaced.
  • Collapsed wall currently being replaced.  

 Area behind new wall to become part of Transition Belper’s award winning station gardens.

Other DVL listed below have not been shortlisted. Hopefully these station projects will have more success in the East Midlands Trains Best Station Awards for which they have also been entered.

1.     Belper Station Gardens

2.     Whatstandwell Station Gardens

3.     Matlock Bath Art Project

Winners of the ACoRP Awards will be announced at the gala dinner andpresentation evening in Scarborough on Thursday 2nd October.



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