World Cup of Stations 2023: Merseyside train station named ‘best-loved’ in the North West

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The Sefton train station is thriving thanks to work with local volunteer groups.

A Merseyside train station has been named ‘best-loved’ in the North West, after making it through to the semi-finals of the World Cup of Stations.

Community Rail Network host the annual tournament, which was established in 2019, and will this year crown ‘The UK’s Best-Loved Station,’ shining a spotlight on the work of dedicated volunteers.

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Over 100 nominations from across Great Britain were whittled down to 48 in the regional group stage, and competed head-to-head in a public vote for a spot in the semi-finals on May 25.

Birkdale station, in Sefton, battled against three other North West stations - Goostley, Hindley and Runcorn - and has been crowned ‘Best-Loved in the North West’ after landing a spot in the semi-finals.

Semi-finals: Birkdale made it into the semi-finals and was placed in group three, up against Kilmarnock, Llandudno and Wemyss Bay for a place in the final. Sadly, Birkdale station did not make it through but is still the proud owner of the regional title.

Birkdale station: The Sefton train station made it into the contest, thanks to the work it has done with local volunteer groups Birkdale Civic Society and The Station Master’s House.

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The two groups, along with Merseyrail, have created a community library with 5000+ books including many large print, and The Station Master’s House features a computer suite with six PCs free to use for members (and membership is free).

Final: Denmark Hill, Leamington Spa and Wemyss Bay are the three finalists, battling for the UK title. The final will take place on Friday (May 26).

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