The people of the Isle of Wight are being urged to get behind Sandown this week as it competes in an Twitter poll to be crowned winner of the 2020 World Cup of Stations.
The World Cup of Stations, returning for its second year, will give the people on the Island a chance to cheer on their local station as it competes in the top-flight of social media polling. The competition comes as stations up and down the country welcome more people back to the railway supporting communities and local businesses as Britain continues to learn to live with Covid-19.
The competition will see 48 stations large and small representing each region of the country competing in a series of online polls starting today. Regional and national heats are sure to stoke rivalries. By Friday, the competition will have been whittled down to a final four with one of Britain’s 2,579 railway stations named the nation’s favourite on Friday evening.
Sandown will look to repeat the giant-killing trick
A Cinderella story unfolded last year when Huddersfield saw off competition from some of the country’s biggest and busiest stations, including nearby juggernaut Leeds. Sandown will look to repeat the giant-killing trick this year as they start out in the regional group stages.
Sandown begins the competition in the South East group with SWR station Hedge End, along with Aylesbury and Sevenoaks.
Inspiration to the Island’s community
The Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership (CRP) and the Gaslight Cafe have been an inspiration to the Island’s community. As stories emerged of some people on the Island struggling to cope financially and to put food on the table, the partnership agreed with SWR to help fund Food on the Move.
This brilliant initiative has prevented many vulnerable people going hungry during the current Covid-19 crisis.
King: It’s all to play for this year
Tony King, South Western Railway’s Flagship Station Manager for the Island, said:
“We can go far and we could even have the competition sewn up, with the support of our fans. It’s all to play for this year we just need to make sure that everything is left on the pitch.
“It’s been a tough year, and Sandown has been the focal point for many who’ve needed help during this crisis. Uniquely, the station has played a key role in keeping the local vulnerable people fed, with station staff and the local CRP really going above and beyond. These community champions richly deserve some recognition for their efforts.”
“We’re small but mighty, so let’s make the Island proud and win this competition!”
Post-match analysis will take place at the conclusion of each day of voting led by a bevy of railway experts and station enthusiasts.
News shared by Southern Railway press office. Ed
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