AN AWARD plaque which was presented to Middlesbrough Station by the late Gwyneth Dunwoody MP will be officially unveiled on Tuesday (21 October).

The Grade II listed station was awarded the 'Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) Station Environment Award' at the National Railway Heritage Awards earlier this year.

The accolade was announced at an awards ceremony in the Merchant Taylor's Hall, London, and a plaque created to mark the event.

The award will be officially unveiled at the station by the chairman of the awards committee, John Ellis, and director of communications at ATOC, Edward Funnell. The head of stations for First TransPennine Express will also be at the unveiling.

The judges awarded Middlesbrough for 'its all round care and custodianship' of the station.

John Ellis from the National Railway Heritage Awards Committee, said: "This is one of the most prestigious of our awards, and First TransPennine are to be warmly congratulated on winning. Middlesbrough is an interesting station, but presents a challenge to maintain and provide high standards of environment and customer care. This challenge has been fully met by First TransPennine management and local staff."

Middlesbrough was also recognised for its £1million improvement programme which saw the demolition of a 1960's office block, refurbished waiting room, new toilets and new CCTV system whilst in keeping with the history of the station.

Rachel Blackburn, head of stations for First TransPennine Express, said: "It is great that Middlesbrough has been recognised in this national award and that people passing through the station will be able to see the award plaque. Recognition needs to be paid to the staff who work at the station for all their hard work."

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) sponsored the award.

Edward Funnell, Director of Communications for ATOC, said: "This a well-deserved win by First TransPennine. A lot of hard work, care and commitment has gone into improving the station for the benefit of passengers and the local community as a whole."

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