Our Build Back Better Competition

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When we launched our 'Build Back Better' competition we wanted to provide our passengers and local partners the opportunity to suggest new and innovative ways to promote well-being and brighten journeys right across the East Midlands Railway network.

We were overwhelmed with the level of passion and interest shown as we received well over 800 entries to the competition, with a huge range of ideas - from the very small to the very grand!
However, we have regretfully taken the decision not to progress the Build Back Better competition at this time.

Although we are starting to emerge from the Coronavirus restrictions we have all faced in the last 16 months, the impact on the economy and public finances will continue to be felt for many months to come.

This is particularly relevant for the railway which is currently funded by taxpayers in light of the exceptionally low passenger numbers. Therefore, we believe providing a cash prize and then incurring the expenditure to introduce these ideas is not the right thing to do, at the moment. In the future, we hope to reintroduce this competition and we look forward to receiving many more of your ideas.

In the meantime, we know this will come as a disappointment to many of you, but we believe it is the right thing to do in these unprecedented times.