From left, Downham mayor Becky Hayes, Sue Sampson, Alan Pickering and David Hughes with Tom Moran, centre.

Downham Market train station has been awarded Small Station of The Year.

The station scooped the win at the National Rail Awards 2020 ceremony, dubbed “The Railway Oscars”, which was held online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The station had been judged on how well it runs for passengers, safety, facilities, customer-friendliness and presentation.

A special gathering was held last Friday to celebrate the station, which serves the King’s Lynn to Cambridge line.

Tom Moran, managing director for Thameslink Great Northern congratulated station manager David Hughes.

“What really makes Downham Market stand out is how it looks and how well it’s cared for,” he said. “It’s an early Victorian grade II-listed building that complements the historic town, its heritage celebrated with old pictures in the waiting room. 

“The station is set off beautifully by its plant displays, and we are grateful to the volunteers from the local Women’s Institute who create and tend them.”

Downham Market Town Mayor Becky Hayes said: “The station has character to it and it always looks beautiful, which is testament to the work of the Women’s Institute.”

Town councillor Alan Pickering was there to represent passengers as a member of the Fen Line Users’ Association (FLUA) and Sue Sampson and Pat Sones of the  Women’s Institute were also among guests.