CAMPAIGNERS trying to improve this area's rural and community railways have been praised.
The Association of Community-Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) is based in the Brian Jackson Centre, New North Parade, Huddersfield.
It is a national body consisting of 40 community rail groups. The non- profit organisation offers advice to those involved in rural rail networks.
At a Commons reception, Transport Minister Kim Howells and Strategic Rail Authority chairman Richard Bowker praised the group.
Mr Bowker called it practical and visionary.
General manager Paul Salveson, of Golcar, said he was delighted - but added that improvements must continue.
He said: "If there is one strong message we want to put across it is:
"We have come a long way in the last five years. Let's keep the partnership train moving at express speed."
The Penistone Line Partnership was singled as a particularly worthwhile organisation.
The Penistone Line between Barnsley and Huddersfield is set to become a national pilot scheme to test new ways of operating and managing railways in semi-rural areas.