A Dorset railway station has made the shortlist in a public vote to find Britain’s favourite.

Sherborne on the Waterloo-Exeter line is one of 48 stations shortlisted to compete head to head in the 2020 World Cup of Stations online poll this week.

The people of Dorset are being urged to get behind Sherborne station and vote.

The competition comes as stations welcome more people back to the railway.

The 2020 World Cup of Stations sees 48 stations, large and small, representing each region of the country competing in a series of online polls, which started on Monday.

By Friday, the competition will have been whittled down to a final four with one of Britain’s 2,579 railway stations named the nation’s favourite in the evening.

Sherborne station begins the competition in the South West group, along with Barnstaple, Bristol Temple Meads and Worcestershire Parkway.

Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions for the Rail Delivery Group, which is organising the competition said: “The World Cup of Stations is about celebrating the thousands of stations across the country many of which have been at the heart of their communities for more than a century.

"It’s also about recognising the friendly local faces who have kept key workers moving throughout the pandemic.

“As Britain gets moving again, their role in supporting local businesses and spreading opportunity is more important than ever.”

Follow the action on Twitter and vote by following @raildeliverygrp or searching for the hashtag #WorldCupOfStations