The first of the plaques presented at the 2016 National Railway Heritage Awards ceremony held in London on 7 December 2016 was formally unveiled at Stoke-on-Trent station on Friday 10 March 2017.

The London Underground Operational Enhancement Award was made to Virgin Trains for the work undertaken in converting the buildings on the west side of Stoke-on-Trent station into a new passenger entrance.

The plaque, following speeches made by Richard Stanton, on behalf of Virgin Trains, John Ellis, Chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, Mike Ashworth, Design and Heritage Manager of London Underground on behalf of the sponsors, and Ruth Smeeth, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, was unveiled in the concourse area by Ruth Smeeth and by the newly-elected MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Gareth Snell.

The unveiling occurred the day after Virgin Trains celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first operation of the West Coast main line and, in the speeches, tribute was made to Virgin Trains’ commitment over the years to the treatment of the historic structures in its care – of which Stoke-on-Trent station was a prime example where sympathetic work to an historic structure had resulted in a much improved facility for 21st century railway passengers.

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The new station entrance on the west side of Stoke-on-Trent station for which Virgin Trains received the London Underground Operational Enhancement Award at the 2016 National Railway Heritage Awards.

 

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The plaque at Stoke-on-Trent station following its unveiling with, from left to right, Mike Ashworth, Design and Heritage Manager of London Underground on behalf of the sponsors, Ruth Smeeth, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, Gareth Snell, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, and John Ellis, Chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards.