World Cup of Stations returns for 2020

Huddersfield won the World Cup of Stations in 2019.

In the run up to Stations Day on 16 October, the Rail Delivery Group is organising its ‘World Cup of Stations’ competition for the second year running.

The rail industry’s annual celebration of all stations big and small, the World Cup of Stations runs on Twitter from 21 September to 16 October, including a nominations phase, knock-out group stages, semi-finals and the final.

This year has been tough for everyone, but stations have been there for their communities – from staff raising money for charity and volunteering with the NHS, to those keeping the trains running to help key workers travel safely.

Last year saw Huddersfield station crowned as the first ever winner. This year, the nominations phase has seen 48 stations nominated (four each in 10 regions + London + Best Stations winners from the National Rail Awards) – the full list is below.

Station manager Andy Croughan of 2019 winner Huddersfield with Felix the station cat.

Between 12 and 14 October, votes will count towards selecting the 12 semi-finalists,  On Thursday 15 October, those 12 will be whittled down to four finalists (North, South, East and West). Voting for those finalists will reveal the winner on Friday 16 October – Stations Day.

The knockout phases of the World Cup of Stations. (click to see a larger version)

To get involved, go to @raildeliverygrp on Twitter or use the hashtag #WorldCupOfStations.


The full list of stations competing in World Cup of Stations 2020 is as follows: 

Station 

Region 

Year opened 

Footfall 2018/19 

Station owner 

Bedford 

East 

1859 

4,058,190 

Govia Thameslink Railway (Thameslink) 

Cambridge 

East 

1845 

11,983,320 

Greater Anglia 

Kempston Hardwick 

East 

1905 

9,692 

West Midlands Trains (London Northwestern Railway) 

Welwyn Garden City 

East 

Current site 1926 

2,867,810 

Govia Thameslink Railway (Great Northern) 

Leicester  

East Midlands 

1840 

5,582,286 

East Midlands Railway 

Nottingham 

  

East Midlands 

1848 

8,004,938 

East Midlands Railway 

Bottesford 

East Midlands 

1850 

63,628 

East Midlands Railway 

Spalding  

East Midlands 

1848 

193,034 

East Midlands Railway 

Elmstead Woods  

London 

1904 

1,213,160 

Southeastern 

Falconwood  

London 

1936 

1,045,686 

Southeastern 

London Kings Cross 

London 

1852 

34,645,924 

Network Rail 

London Waterloo  

London 

1848 

94,192,690 

Network Rail 

Middlesbrough 

North East 

1847 

1,289,866 

TransPennine Express 

Newcastle  

North East 

1850 

8,913,554 

London North Eastern Railway 

Chathill  

North East 

1847 

2,546 

Northern  

Blaydon  

North East 

1835 

21,428 

Northern 

Ainsdale  

North West 

1848 

1,016,242 

Merseyrail 

Crewe  

North West 

1837 

3,305,352 

Avanti West Coast 

Hindley 

North West 

1848 

294,844 

Northern 

Wigan North Western  

North West 

1838 

1,683,184 

Avanti West Coast 

Chirk  

NRA Best Station winner 

1848 

77,106 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Norwich  

NRA Best Station winner 

1844 

4,250,834 

Greater Anglia 

Penrith  

NRA Best Station winner 

1846 

592,462 

Avanti West Coast 

Reading  

NRA Best Station winner 

1840 

17,080,738 

Network Rail 

Aberdeen  

Scotland 

1867 

2,616,142 

ScotRail 

Glasgow Queen Street  

Scotland 

1842 

17,207,208 

ScotRail 

Motherwell  

Scotland 

Current site 1885 

1,386,976 

ScotRail 

Wemyss Bay  

Scotland 

1865 

213,988 

ScotRail 

Aylesbury  

South East 

1863 

1,235,236 

Chiltern Railways 

Hedge End  

South East 

1990 

522,492 

South Western Railway 

Sandown 

South East 

1864 

150,748 

South Western Railway (Island Line) 

Sevenoaks 

South East 

1868 

4,376,024 

Southeastern 

Barnstaple  

South West 

1854 

432,196 

Great Western Railway 

Bristol Temple Meads  

South West 

1840 

11,367,652 

Network Rail 

Sherborne  

South West 

1860 

210,170 

South Western Railway 

Worcestershire Parkway  

South West 

2020 

n/a 

Great Western Railway 

Cardiff Central 

Wales 

1850 

12,934,304 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Newport  

Wales 

1850 

2,745,064 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Pontypridd  

Wales 

1840 

884,132 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Swansea  

Wales 

1850 

2156036 

Transport for Wales Rail 

Leamington Spa  

West Midlands 

1852 

2,773,782 

Chiltern Railway 

Stourbridge Junction  

West Midlands 

Current site 1901 

1,667,752 

West Midlands Trains,
(West Midlands Railway) 

Tamworth  

West Midlands 

1839 

1,279,204 

West Midlands Trains (London Northwestern Railway) 

Warwick Parkway  

West Midlands 

2000 

682,228 

Chiltern Railways 

Cleethorpes 

Yorkshire & The Humber 

1863 

296,002 

TransPennine Express 

Huddersfield  

Yorkshire & The Humber 

1847 

4,897,612 

TransPennine Express 

Hull  

Yorkshire & The Humber 

1847 

2,356,812 

TransPennine Express 

Mytholmroyd  

Yorkshire & The Humber 

1847 

197,640 

Northern 

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