An award has been given to a Bricket Wood group for its work in improving rail spaces by creating a tea room and community hub.

The Bricket Wood Station Heritage Trust earned the Most Enhanced Railway Spaces award at the 19th national Community Rail Awards.

It was recognised for transforming the station and railway line, Abbey Line, into a community hub.

The restoration project began in 2016 with the aim of restoring the historic station building, bricked up since the early 1970s.

Despite funding struggles intensified by the pandemic, a substantial grant from West Midlands Trains in July 2021 accelerated the project that was completed in August 2023.

Dave Horton, from Bricket Wood Station Heritage Trust, said: "We are delighted to have received the award for Most Enhanced Railway Space at the Community Rail Awards 2024.

"The project to restore the station has ended up being more successful than anyone could have imagined, bringing new life back to what was a rather dingy, secluded and sometimes intimidating place, and the Tea Room is now a thriving community hub, indeed quite often demand outstrips capacity."

Jools Townsend, chief executive of Community Rail Network, said: "Our congratulations to Bricket Wood Station Heritage Trust and to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who supports and champions community rail."