For over a decade Community Rail Lancashire (CRL), has been involved with schools, starting back in 2006 with its first tentative contact with Daisyfield Primary School in Blackburn and continuing today with involvement at primary, secondary and college level, including those with special educational needs, across the North of England.
CRL has produced a glossy booklet that tracks its multi award-winning involvement in ‘educating the passengers of the future’ and providing ‘railway confidence’ over the last fourteen years which you can download here.
Richard Watts, chair of CRL, says; “It has been a privilege to watch over and foster the development of the educational programme that is today, delivered by Community Rail Lancashire. It is with great pleasure that I can look back at over a decade of community rail in Lancashire engaging with schools, colleges and many other groups.”
Kul Bassi MBE, from the Department of Transport commented: “Today Community Rail Lancashire continues to push boundaries, with thousands of children benefiting from the various initiatives. They have ensured that young people with additional needs and disabilities are having access to similar opportunities. The many projects undertaken with young people have led to the transformation of many local railways with their artwork bringing much needed colour to the station environment. Their continued innovation in this area is an exemplar of best practice for others.”
Carolyn Watson, community & sustainability director for Northern added: “Community Rail Lancashire has been at the forefront of community engagement, notably with young people since its inception. Northern is proud to have supported its work, through the individual Community Rail Partnerships and more recently with the establishment of the education team.”
Carolyn went on to say; “The Community Rail Lancashire team is delivering pioneering work and sharing best practice amongst the community rail sector and beyond. Long may they continue, so congratulations to the team past and present, and we look forward to working with them in the decades to come.”