Wednesday 27 Oct 2004


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Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Waverley Station, Edinburgh, owned and operated by Network Rail has scooped the title of ‘Station of the Year’ at the Connections 2004 Awards hosted by the Strategic Rail Authority.  The station received the accolade for its success in integrating bike and rail travel at a ceremony at the Hilton Paddington Hotel in London on Tuesday 26 October. Waverley was singled out for its provision of good cycle parking, signage and passenger information for cyclists.  The station also houses the Bike Station, a charity that collects donated bicycles and puts them back in use and which is supported by Network Rail. Juliet Donnachie, Station Manager said:  “We are delighted to have won this award which shows the commendable work our people are doing to enable cyclists to use the train.  We want to encourage as many people as possible to use rail travel and bike and rail travel can work very well.  It also means people are more likely to leave their cars at home.” The awards were presented by Tony McNulty, Minister of State for Transport and hosted by David Quarmby, Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority. The ‘Connections’ awards are sponsored by the Strategic Rail Authority to recognise those who have made a special effort to promote the integration of cycling and rail travel.

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