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Four London train stations battling to be named best in UK

Tolworth station: one of the best rail stations in London (SWR)
Tolworth station: one of the best rail stations in London (SWR)

Four train stations are competing to be crowned as the favourite of London passengers.

Tolworth, Denmark Hill, Highams Park and Chingford have been shortlisted in the “world cup of stations” competition.

They are among 48 stations across England, Scotland and Wales that have been nominated for showcasing the benefits that railways bring to communities and the environment.

Passengers will be able to vote in an online poll from Monday, with a winner being announced at the end of the week.

Tolworth, which is managed by SouthWestern Railway, hosts a community hub and kitchen.

Denmark Hill, a Go-Via Thameslink station, features artwork and promotes science and technology.

Highams Park, a London Overground station managed by Arriva Rail, had its former parcel office been transformed into a community room.

Chingford, the next station along the same line, was nominated as the former station master’s house has been transformed into a heritage centre,  while its basement may be converted into a mini arts centre and gallery.

Tim Dunn, the rail expert and TV presenter, drew up the shortlist. The London winner will compete against the winner from the South East, South West and East regions for a place in the final.

Mr Dunn said: “I had the tricky task of selecting the shortlist of 48 stations - tricky, because it represents the work of 48 groups of chuffing ace volunteers.

“The time, energy and love each group gives is because of a love of our shared railway and their communities too. It might seem bonkers, but this competition showcases the hard work of hundreds countrywide, then amplifies and celebrates all in community rail.”

Jacqueline Starr, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which is organising the competition, said: “During Community Rail Week, we want to shine a light on the very best stations in England, Scotland and Wales.”

* Votes can be cast via #WorldCupofStations @RailDeliveryGrp and at raildeliverygroup.com/WorldCupOfStations