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Community Rail Cumbria promotes accessible travel ‘Beyond the Home’

The Cumbrian Coast Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has launched its latest project promoting accessible and inclusive travel.

Working in collaboration with Northern’s Accessibility Innovation Scheme and three local day services groups, the Beyond the Home project saw the creation of a series of unique display panels and leaflets promoting local walks, cycle routes, nature trails and heritage sites along the Cumbrian Coast Line.

The project also provided the opportunity for those accessing day services to get involved with the research and planning stages, as well as developing their knowledge and confidence of rail safety, navigating stations and travelling by train.

The official launch took place on Monday 25 March at Cumbria House, where the panels and leaflets were unveiled to an audience of nearly 50 people. A case study film produced by local media company Adamedia was also premiered, capturing the story of the project workshops that brought the various organisations together.

Warren Birch, Community Rail Cumbria Officer, said: “It was wonderful working with different organisations, and particularly the people who access the services – they are the real stars of the Beyond the Home project.

“To see their initial ideas develop into the end products was inspiring, as was the positive change in people’s self-esteem and confidence. Community Rail Cumbria hope that people will travel by train to visit hidden gem destinations along the West Cumbrian coast.”

Annamarie Armstrong, locality manager for Cumberland Day Services, said: “It has been an empowering experience for everyone involved to see the amazing achievements of the people we support. To provide our service users with the opportunity to share their skills, knowledge and lived experience, as well as learning about Cumbria’s railway stations and surrounding communities, has been inspiring.”

Craig Harrop, regional director for Northern, said: “We believe that train travel should be easier for everyone – but it is important that we continue that support once customers step off the train. By collaborating on projects like Beyond the Home, we’re helping to increase active and accessible travel along the Cumbrian Coast Line.”

Keep up to date with future news, projects and events from Community Rail Cumbria via their website.