Hello everyone, it was lovely to see many of you at the Community Rail Conference for CRPs this week. A huge thanks to all speakers, delegates, partners, and our brilliant events team, for making the Conference, run jointly with the DfT, such a success, and especially everyone who contributed topics and led discussions. You’ll be able to view the presentations and event summary here by Monday.
We are still keen to highlight great examples of community rail bringing in funding from wider, non-traditional sources – read one of these examples from Hampshire CRP here. We’re also currently putting together some guidance on fundraising, which will be available in the coming weeks. Please do talk to the team in the meantime for advice.
Draft Rail Reform Bill
A Draft Rail Reform Bill was included in the King’s Speech, which sets the foundations for further progress with rail reform, including the creation of Great British Railways. Read our summary.
Modal integration projects
We are delighted to have approved the first grants from this year’s Integrated Sustainable Transport Fund – read about these projects here. The fund remains open to all our members, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis up until 5pm Thursday 30 November. Find details here or contact Gary to discuss your interest.
Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure Committee at the Welsh Parliament
This week, Jools will be giving evidence to the above committee to inform their work on rail delivery, infrastructure and performance, alongside representatives from Transport Focus and Rail Future Wales. Read the evidence document here.
Railway 200 launch
Yesterday evening, Jools spoke at an event in London marking the build-up to Railway 200, and we are keen to ensure that community rail continues to play a key role in the centenary year. See our article below for how members of the Education Network are starting to plan their involvement. We will update you as plans develop – in the meantime, revisit our briefing.
Skillshare: Trails and Walking Routes
If you’re thinking about developing trails and walking routes from your stations, our next training session on Wednesday 13 December, 10am-12pm, is for you. Hear from other groups and start thinking about developing your own projects. This session is for members only. Book your place.
Members’ survey results
A big thank you to the 107 people who participated in this year’s members’ survey. We have carefully analysed the results to help inform our planning for the next year and beyond, which you can read here.
Jeremy and Jools
- Apply for Govia Thameslink Railway’s ‘Your Station, Your Community’ fund
- Community rail features in pan-rail industry sustainability framework
- Passenger rail use up for first quarter of 2023-24, ORR figures show
- Scottish members win big at ScotRail in the Community Awards
- Friends of Glossop Station promote rail and bus links
- Walk in the footsteps of explorers with West Highland Line audio drama
- Connecting town and station through colour with Heart of England CRP
- Community Rail Cumbria ‘book’ school children onto library service
- Roman goddess welcomes visitors to Buxton
- Urban Art Exhibition opens at Manors Station
- Collaborative art project goes full steam ahead on the Settle-Carlisle Railway
- Celebrating the history and heritage of the Midland Railway
- Friends of Avoncliff Halt Station bloom with pride thanks to gold award
- Limited edition artwork offer for Wivenhoe Art Trail visitors arriving by train
- Enjoy a journey of discover along the Hereward Line with 10th anniversary video