Two Suffolk railway stations will compete at the 'World Cup of Stations' as they fight to be named the best-loved in the UK.

Lowestoft and Beccles are among 48 stations nominated for the tournament, which is an annual competition showcasing the best of community rail and the benefits that railways bring to residents.

They are joined by Thetford and Southminster in the Eastern region.

According to Greater Anglia, Beccles was nominated for its "thriving community-owned cafe and meeting space" in the old station building.

Lowestoft was nominated thanks to the development of an "amazing community hub" in the original station buildings and the creationg of a multi-purpose room which can be used for exhibitions or meetings.

East Anglian Daily Times: Hanging baskets at Lowestoft stationHanging baskets at Lowestoft station (Image: Wherry Lines CRP)

Jonathan Denby, Greater Anglia’s head of corporate affairs, said: “I’m delighted that four of our stations have been put forward as some of the UK’s best.

"We are committed to improvements at stations to make them attractive and welcoming for passengers."

Barry Darch, mayor of Beccles, said: “Beccles is proud of its station.

"It's been great to see how it has improved, following the provision of the passing loop and extra platform. The station gardeners have done a great job in creating a very attractive environment. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Station adopter volunteers at Beccles rail stationStation adopter volunteers at Beccles rail station (Image: Greater Anglia)

“Why don't you enjoy the flowers on the platforms and go over the footbridge to walk up the Avenue to the Common? On the way back, the Station Cafe awaits. 

"Come on, Beccles, let's get behind the station and vote.”

The tournament is taking place from today, May 22, until May 28 and people can vote for their favourite station from the East using #WorldCupofStations on Twitter.