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Community Rail News – 15 May 2024

Hello everyone. We hope that you are all keeping well and enjoying the sunshine.

With less than a week to go until Community Rail Week, we want to send best wishes to members and partners running the c.100 activities planned. Please make good use of the digital toolkit emailed to you last Friday, keep updating our comms team with your plans, and visit our map to see the spread of activities. Please shout about your activities on social media using #CommunityRailWeek, showing how your local activities are part of a wider movement, and share your photos and successes to help us understand the impact.

With a number of new mayors elected in the local elections earlier this month, we will be reaching out to them all to introduce community rail and ensure we are best placed to offer insights as they get started in their new roles. We hope to plan a number of visits too over the coming months: we will update you in due course.

Members, don’t forget to book your place on our upcoming online sessions:

  • Railway 200 (Thursday 16 May, 11am-12pm) – project manager Emma Robertson will share an update on the national campaign plans and answer questions. More here.
  • Integrated sustainable travel showcase (Thursday 6 June, 12-1pm) – hear lessons and insights from Purbeck CRP, Friends of Brockenhurst Station and Severnside CRP about their projects to improve multi-modal connectivity. Book here.
  • Design skills (Tuesday 11 June, 10am-12pm) – tips from TeamBA on how to improve your design skills and enhance your social media presence using Canva. Book here.

If you have any news stories, please email our communications team on news@communityrail.org.uk. See here for guidance on submitting stories.

Your next bulletin, a Community Rail Week special edition, is on 29 May. Keep up-to-date in between on Twitter, Facebook, InstagramLinkedIn and TikTok.

Best wishes,
Jeremy and Jools




East Suffolk Lines CRP teamed up with Essex County Council to provide a travel training event for 20 young people, all neurodiverse or with learning / physical disabilities. The group, many of whom were travelling by train for the first time, travelled from Ipswich to Felixstowe, learning how to buy a ticket, navigate the station, board the train safely and seek assistance. The group had a great day boosting their travel confidence – despite the rain!