Millions of people will be celebrating HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, and at the same time, celebrating the vitality and creativity of our communities.
Railway Stations sit in the heart of British communities and for the first time in history, they are joining together to provide a stage to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s milestone birthday, providing a wonderful array of activities as part of the nationwide celebrations.
With a staggering range of festivities, there will be something for everyone from: Mad Hatters Tea Parties to community markets; Postman Pat parades to art displays; carnival queens arriving by train to bowls competitions; brass bands to station to station cycle rides; artisan food markets with mouthwatering cakes to face painting; live music to family picnics.
The key theme amongst all our events is to offer YOU – the community – a place to gather and wave your Union Jack flag in celebration.
Whilst celebrating our Queen’s birthday, we are also highlighting the importance of our local public transport. Railways should be at the heart of sustainable communities, with stations being much more than somewhere you get on and off a train – places where people can meet, chat, have a cup of tea. In other words, hubs of the community.
Our ‘Station to Station’ event has brought together community groups, train operators, Network Rail, and a wide range of rail industry organisations. We’re united in saying that railways have never been more important for communities – and the rail industry wants to go further in highlighting its importance to our country.
So come and join us in a great celebration. This website will show you where events are taking place with something happening near you!
Put the 11th & 12th June in your diary and join the fun whilst playing your part in this historic event. Check local press and our social media channels for information on YOUR Station to Station Queen’s Celebration.
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The past 90 years has seen the rail industry adapt to a complex and fast changing environment. Through the dedication, passion and knowledge of our people, we not only provide the safest railway network in Europe, but a critical gateway to global travel and trade.
A celebratory event of this scale has never been achieved on the UK Railways and we’re immensely proud to be hosting these unique celebrations with the communities we serve.
Station to Station Queens Celebration is a non for profit event raising money for charities which sit in the heart of the communities we serve.
Chris Leech MBE
“Network Rail is pleased to see the rail industry celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with the Station to Station Queen’s Celebration. Her Majesty has shown huge support for the transformation of rail during her reign from steam to diesel to electrification - what better way for our great industry, an industry at the heart of Britain’s economic growth, job creation and housebuilding, to mark this special event!”
Sir Peter Hendy
Chairman Network Rail
"I am delighted that at last the rail industry is finally putting its head above the parapet and demonstrating the social and economic impacts the industry brings to society. What a great way to celebrate this momentous occasion whilst promoting the vast array of apprenticeships and careers on offer"
"The UK’s railway stations offer a great backdrop for celebrating Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. They lie at the heart of the communities and offer the opportunity for people to come together and support this fantastic event.
"I hope as many people as possible will get involved and help to celebrate this special time by visiting a local participating station."
Secretary of State for Transport
"Over the past 120 years the rail industry has played its part in sculpting the way we live in the UK. Through the passion and innovation railway stations will now once again play their part in galvanising communities and bringing sustainable social and economic growth. Therefore I can not think of a more fitting tribute to HM The Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations....have a wonderful day"
"As someone who spends half her life on trains, I'm delighted to see the enthusiasm with which the rail industry has embraced HM The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. Stations should be all about community, so to see all these stations come together in so many imaginative ways is quite thrilling. As many in the industry will know, I'm keen to raise awareness of all the opportunities that exist for young people in rail and here's hoping that one of the legacies of these celebrations will be that more recognise and seize the opportunity for an exciting and varied career. TeenTech and myself are very much looking forward to working with all the partners on this project"
"Over the past 90 years the Rail Industry has played a vital role within the UK, galvanising our communities and strengthening our economy and therefore it was and always will be an essential pillar within our society. I am therefore delighted to hear that the Railways across the UK, are collaborating together to help celebrate the genuinely historic occasion of HM Queen Elizabeth II, 90th Birthday"
Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside
"The National Railway Museum is delighted to support the railway industry’s landmark commemoration of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, ‘Station to Station’. The museum’s world-class collection includes the finest set of Royal trains in the world, and as the caretaker of the nation’s railway history and heritage, we are looking forward to this exciting celebration highlighting the important role that railways play in Britain and the wider world."
Head of Operations at the National Railway Museum
The Rail Delivery Group is pleased to support the Station-to-Station Queen’s 90th celebration: this unique event, will showcase the modern railway to local communities. Recent investment has transformed many railway stations and more stations will reap the benefits of renovation and rebuilding in the coming years. These stations, at the heart of the communities they serve, provide the backdrop for this celebration, giving the public, local entrepreneurs and voluntary groups the chance to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
This landmark national occasion also serves as an opportunity to feature HM the Queen’s significant role at key moments of the railway’s history. Before her coronation, Princess Elizabeth carried out one of her first official railway duties when she named a new steam engine after herself on a visit to the train works at Swindon, Wiltshire. In recent years, the Queen has officially opened several significant developments including the Borders Railway, the rebuilt Reading station and St Pancras International and the High Speed 1 service.
In leading the rail industry, the RDG provides a focus for modernising the railway, improving customer experience and overseeing an unprecedented investment programme to help meet passenger needs as well as boosting the railway’s economic contribution to the country.
Grand Central are delighted to be working with our team in support of the Station to Station Queen’s Celebration. On-board we are set to deliver a memorable experience for all customers, our crew and communities we serve. On this special occasion we believe great things happen when people are moving.
Arriva Trains Wales are supporting the Stations to Stations celebration because stations form the heart of communities, helping them to connect to people and places that are important to them. We also recognise the important contribution that rail makes to communities as key employers providing jobs and careers with a strong focus on developing talent and inspiring innovation. Stations to Stations provides an opportunity to showcase this, as we celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, to our current and future customers and neighbours.
CrossCountry is delighted to be involved in the Station to Station celebration this year as it provides us with a way of showcasing many of the great destinations we serve across our vast network. We hope the initiative will inspire our customers to explore more of the rail network and to support their local stations. CrossCountry’s Head of Marketing, Clare Shufflebotham, fully supports the event – “what a great way to join forces with industry partners and to celebrate the success of the railways. There is so much good work taking place by Community Rail Partnerships and we’re keen to add to this in 2016.
GT Railway are committed to working with all our communities across our network and our aim is to put our stations and services at the heart of the areas they serve. We do this through supporting local charities, community groups, supporting teams who adopt our stations, whilst also delivering educational sessions on safe and independent travel to young people. The Station to Station Queen’s Celebration provides an ideal opportunity to work together with many of our community partners to produce tailored events, which can be enjoyed by frequent users of the station or visitors from other areas. By collaborating with Sussex Community Rail Partnership and local Station Partnerships we know the events on run will provide enjoyable events for all the family. We hope that many will come down and get involved to celebrate this unique occasion.
Arriva Rail North is delighted to support Station to Station. Arriva, a DB-owned company, took over the Northern rail franchise on April 1st 2016 and we are committed to expanding community adoption of stations and promoting special events such as that which bring the railway and the community closer together.
South West Trains is pleased to be supporting this landmark event for the Queen via our community of volunteers. As a train operator who manages the Queens home station of Windsor and Eton Riverside, we feel this is a great starting point for our appreciation of her service to the country.We have a large group of volunteers across our network who help maintain our stations and this is a perfect opportunity for them to showcase their work and help celebrate the Queens special birthday.
Merseyrail is delighted to be supporting the Station to Station Queen’s Birthday celebrations in 2016. We are a community minded, socially responsible business with a proactive contribution to the improvement and well-being of our environment, our people, our stakeholders and the local community. These celebrations are an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the work our community partners do in the areas surrounding our stations. Our approach focuses on areas of the community where we believe we can really make a difference. Merseyside is a great place; we hope to contribute to keep it that way.
‘At Virgin Trains, we are known for going above and beyond in terms of the service we provide onboard and we put the same game-changing customer care into everything else we do too. We are much more than just a train company, we are a big part of the communities we service. We are connected to and care about those communities and we strive to contribute positively and responsibly to them. We don’t do this because we have to, we do it because we want to. Putting our customers and our communities first is in our DNA. We are really proud to be working alongside out partners across the rail industry to be part of the Station to Station Queen’s Celebration’.
IOEE is delighted and honoured to be involved in supporting the celebration of the Queens 90th Birthday. This special landmark birthday is an opportunity to recognise the importance of the Queens contribution to many organisations and charities during her reign. Often in the fast pace of life our community spirit can be misplaced, however, this monumental occasion is a unique opportunity bringing together communities across the UK to celebrate, creating a legacy in which railway stations will be at the very heart of our communities providing outlets for small and micro businesses and space for community activities and projects to begin and flourish. We are proud to be able to contribute to this and look forward to playing a role in this historic occasion.
Responsible Consulting: “Coming from a small town in Yorkshire where the railway line cuts directly through the centre of town; having the railway station at the heart of the community is something I grew up with. A chance to be involved with the Queens Station to Station Celebration is not only a wonderful opportunity but also the chance to encourage other communities to experience the kind of community hub I was lucky enough to grow up with.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is supporting Station to Station
Station to Station promises to be a unique event that will bring together communities across the UK rail network. As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to be supporting this occasion, which offers an unparalleled opportunity to promote better understanding of dementia among a large and diverse group of people Just as the rail industry is a force for good in society, through our involvement in Station to Station we hope to act as a force for good for rail staff and passengers, improving understanding of a condition that affects 850,000 people across the UK and showcasing our vital work to defeat it. By becoming part of this collaborative effort, Alzheimer’s Research UK will work to raise awareness among the railway community of ways to reduce the risk of dementia, as well as raising much-needed funds for pioneering research into new treatments and preventions.
Railway Children is delighted to be part of the rail industry’s celebrations of the Queen’s birthday. The charity has been working closely with the rail industry for over 20 years, helping over 270,000 street children in this time. Its annual Three Peaks Challenge by Rail is a fantastic example of how support from the industry makes a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children. Many rail companies are involved in ensuring the special train, now in its 14th year, runs smoothly and raises invaluable funds.
Station to Station promises to continue this longstanding partnership between the rail industry and Railway Children, providing the opportunity to come together again to reach many more children who are alone and at risk on the streets.
Railway Mission is pleased to be involved with such an exciting event to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Being part of the Railway Industry we believe it is important to be part of the Station to Station Queen’s Celebration. The Royal family have had a long association with the industry and it is good that the industry can show its appreciation for our Queen. Although this is a one day event, we believe it has the capacity for connecting people and communities across the country, with the railway being the conduit for social solidity and community cohesion. Over the past 90 years the railway has been at the heart of our nation’s industrial and social being.
This celebration is an opportunity for the railway industry to show that we believe in the communities across the country that in industry serves, while honouring Her Majesty in her 90th year. Railway Mission is ready to support railway staff and company initiatives that honour this very special birthday.
The Teenage Market is supporting the Station to Station Queen’s Celebration by bringing the energy, creativity and vibrancy of local young people to stations across the country. This unique event aims to promote the vision and values of The Teenage Market and is therefore a great opportunity to collaborate with arguably the largest growing sector in the UK. Having just been awarded the ‘Special Recognition’ award from the Great British High Street 2015, The Teenage Market is very pleased to come onboard this exciting event to help bring the local community together.
Community Transport Association– For many people, travelling by mainstream public transport is not always going to be possible; dedicated services need to be provided but this is not just about disability, for some it’s about affordability, confidence and support. The Community Transport Association is the national representative body of community transport providers representing over 1600 organisations who offer accessible and inclusive transport. Some of our members were involved in other major events including London 2012 and the Rugby World Cup, we see our involvement in Station to Station as an opportunity for everyone in that local community to be part of these celebrations with the support of our members. Together, we provide a world-class network – setting new standards – of accessible shuttle bus provision to venues and transport hubs for people with restricted mobility.
The team at East Midlands Trains are really looking forward to helping to celebrate such a historical event for the country. The Queen has visited a number of our stations over the past few years, and it has always generated a real sense of excitement and local pride and we know that this year’s celebrations will mark a key date in history for our teams. Along our network, we have a number of stations eager to help mark the celebration and even compete against each other to see who can come up with the best ideas for the Queen’s special birthday. With our team staff, of community rail partners and station adopters, we are certain East Midlands Trains will put on a great show to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership is honoured to join the nation as we celebrates the 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Working with local communities we plan a number of special events starting at Britain’s most easterly railway station in Lowestoft and along the line through several historic market towns and villages. Events will take place across this special weekend as we join Station to Station in celebrating such a momentous event.
The Rail Alliance is thrilled to be supporting Station to Station, a wonderfully iconic event that not only serves to commemorate the Queen’s birthday, but to celebrate the Great British railway sector. From cutting edge technology to heritage traditions, rail is an industry that unites the country on a commercial and community level and is one that offers so much about which to enthuse. Whilst our role is normally deeply ensconced within the less public face of railway, i.e. the B2B arena, The Rail Alliance is delighted to support Station to Station because we want to help the nation sing rail’s praises and help the general public learn about all that the sector has to offer. Many of us have heard the “new golden era of rail” phrases being used in the popular press – Station to Station is a great way to showcase Britain’s railways and reciprocate the sense of community that one feels when working within the sector by sharing our pride of the industry with the wider public.
For many people, travelling by mainstream public transport is not always going to be possible; dedicated services need to be provided but this is not just about disability, for some it’s about affordability, confidence and support. The Community Transport Association is the national representative body of community transport providers representing over 1600 organisations who offer accessible and inclusive transport. Some of our members were involved in other major events including London 2012 and the Rugby World Cup, we see our involvement in Station to Station as an opportunity for everyone in that local community to be part of these celebrations with the support of our members Together, we provide a world-class network – setting new standards – of accessible shuttle bus provision to venues and transport hubs for people with restricted mobility.
Rail Forum east Midlands: The railway is an essential part of Britain’s landscape with millions of people relying on it for work or pleasure every day; and Derby in the centre of our region has been involved with the railway for over 175 years. So it’s important the industry and specifically the East Midlands plays a full role in celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Station to Station initiative provides the industry with an opportunity to connect more with the travelling public and to showcase the role we have in bringing businesses and communities together.
South Eastern: We are committed to working with all our communities across our network and our aim is to put our stations and services at the heart of the areas they serve. We do this through supporting local charities, community groups, supporting teams who adopt our stations, whilst also delivering educational sessions on safe and independent travel to young people. The Station to Station Queen’s Celebration provides an ideal opportunity to work together with many of our community partners to produce tailored events, which can be enjoyed by frequent users of the station or visitors from other areas. By collaborating with Sussex Community Rail Partnership and local Station Partnerships we know the events on run will provide enjoyable events for all the family. We hope that many will come down and get involved to celebrate this unique occasion.
Disabled Motoring UK is the charity which supports disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders. We work with government and businesses across the UK in order to improve parking, refuelling, and access provision for disabled people, so that they can access the goods and services that they need.
The Railway Benefit Fund is the only UK charity that solely supports railway people and we have been doing so for over 150 years. We support current and past employees and their families when they need help through illness, injury, bereavement, or hard times. We offer financial help, as well as advice and referral services. The work we do enables us to act as a safety net and is vital in supporting the industry’s people. Nobody can predict the future, and offering that peace of mind within the industry is a charity that can help.
The Scout Association, which offers life changing adventure to 450,000 girls and boys across the UK, is proud to support Station to Station Queen’s Celebration. Our patron, The Queen is a shining example of service and duty, dedication and commitment. This project will enable local Scouting groups to celebrate Her Majesty’s patronage as well as foster strong links with their community.
NSAR is proud to support “Station to Station” event and celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Station to station is a great opportunity for NSAR to raise awareness that rail industry needs new skills; and more importantly, it needs diversity and people who are skilled leaders, who are decision makers, at all levels”
Women in Rail is thrilled to support Station to Station in celebration of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. This is a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on the brilliant work that the rail industry does and the stand-out people who work tirelessly day-in and day-out to support it. At Women in Rail we endeavor to support and encourage women working within the industry, as well as raising the profile of the opportunities in rail across the UK. We are honored to be a part of this exciting initiative.
Chairman of the Yorkshire Society, Keith Madeley, states what a fantastic opportunity to bring everyone together on such an important occasion. The Yorkshire Society is all about ‘Unity in the Community’ and we support this initiative wholeheartedly. We will be circulating all our Members to ensure there is much support of this historic event.
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