West Midlands Trains on board at annual Fillongley Show

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 11:42
West Midlands Trains on board at annual Fillongley Show

Visitors to this year's Fillongley Show will have the chance to win free rail travel. The agricultural community has partnered with West Midlands Trains to stage the event, which takes place at Fillongley Showground on Sunday 12 August.

There will  be five 'family scratch card' packs up for grabs as part of the offering for winners of a treasure hunt and various prize draws. These packs will contain free tickets for up to five people to travel on West Midlands Railway or London Northwestern Railway services.

The train operator's brand colours will also be on display across the showground, with orange, purple, green and grey wristbands being issued to visitors on arrival. 

Main attractions at the show will include a jousting display from the 'Knights of Nottingham' and child motorbike stunt riders 'The Imps'. There will also be a climbing wall for children along with face painting, circus acts and a range of other activities.

West Midlands Trains is also promoting the station adoption scheme through the event. Station adopters are volunteers who help to brighten up their local stations through planters, art work and many other initiatives. The train operator also invites local groups to use its station buildings as community spaces. 

Fay Easton, head of stakeholder and community engagement for West Midlands Railway said: "The show is a key event on the local calendar and a fantastic opportunity to support the communities we serve.

"We also want to reach out to local groups who may be interested in our station adoption scheme. We've seen stations across our network transformed by the input of adopters over the past few years. Their work has improved the overall experience for customers and has given local communities a real sense of pride in their area."

About Fillongley Agricultural Show

The 94th Fillongley Agricultural Show takes place on Sunday 12th August from 08:30 until 17:00. Gates open at 09:00.

Tickets are available to buy online in advance at www.fillongleyshow.org.uk/tickets/ or at the gate.

Station Adoption

For more information on station adoption, please contact Fay Easton at [email protected]

For further information on West Midlands Trains, London Northwestern Railway or West Midlands Railway call our newsroom on 03300 955150.

About West Midlands Trains

West Midlands Trains Ltd. will be running the West Midlands rail franchise from 10 December 2017 until 2025/6. Abellio has a 70.1% share of the company, East Japan Railway Company (JRE) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) own the remaining 29.9% in a 50:50 split.

About Abellio
Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. Every day our people provide rail, bus and tram services to 1.7m customers across the UK, Germany and in the Netherlands. In the UK we operate buses through Abellio London, as well as ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, and Merseyrail in a joint venture with Serco. In Germany we operate Abellio Deutschland, serving communities in North Rhine Westfalia, Saxony, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Hesse and Thuringia. Our role in transport extends beyond the journey from a-to-b. With our international heritage and our policy of sharing best practice, not just amongst ourselves, but across the wider transport industry, we provide thought leadership and truly innovative ideas which make a positive contribution to the communities we serve. For more information on Abellio visit www.abellio.com

About Mitsui
Mitsui is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world with 139 offices in 66 countries as of March, 2017. Utilising our global operating locations, network and information resources, we are multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects in the following fields: Iron & Steel Products, Mineral & Metal Resources, Infrastructure Projects, Integrated Transportation Systems, Chemicals, Energy, Food Resources, Food Products & Services, Consumer Services, IT & Communication, and Corporate Development Business. Mitsui is actively taking on challenges for global business innovation around the world. For more information, visit www.mitsui.com.

About JR East
East Japan Railway Company (JR East) was established in 1987, when Japanese National Railways was divided as part of a package of railway reforms. JR East’s railway business covers a 7,500 km (approx. 4,660 miles) network in the eastern part of the Japanese main island, including Tokyo Metropolitan area, and provides transportation services, comprising urban, suburban and high speed operations, for 17 million passengers on a daily basis. JR East also undertakes non‐transport commercial activities, which account for more than 30% of the total revenue of JR East Group. JR East contributes to passengers and communities it serves by delivering high degrees of punctuality, reliability and comfort and also continues to pursue higher levels of safety and service quality through technical innovation. For more information, visit www.jreast.co.jp/e.