Community rail accreditation update

2 Jul, 2019

The community rail partnership accreditation process is moving forward, with five partnerships completing the process and being awarded accreditation status. Congratulations to Cambrian Railway Partnership, Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership, Sussex Community Rail Partnership, Severnside Community Rail Partnership, and Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership.

Accreditation means that a partnership has met the Department for Transport’s, and where relevant the Welsh Government’s, standards for appropriate operation. The accreditation system for community rail partnerships in England and Wales commenced on April 2019. Designated status for community rail lines or services in England will remain in place until 31 March 2020 or until the community rail partnership’s accreditation application has been processed.


A CRPs view of accreditation process

Fiona Forsythe – Tyne Valley CRP

We found the process really straight forward. It’s a case of having your documents in place, making sure that they’re up to date, and demonstrating that you actually use them as part of the CRP’s forward planning for future activities.


Tim Sparrow – Sussex CRP

There is a lot of background material and research to get your information in order before you start, but having done that, and with ACoRP’s advice, the accreditation process worked very well.

Accreditation proves that CRPs have a proper management and financial foundation. You can the stand up in front of your partners and demonstrate that you are worth working with and stand up in front of your funders and demonstrate that you’re financially sensible.


Community rail partnerships who have not yet booked are invited to get in touch with their usual operations team contact to start their CRP accreditation process.

Don’t forget to keep up to date with all the latest on accreditation via our twitter feed (@ACoRPOffice) and following the #CommunityRail hastag.


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