Community Rail News – 19 October 2022

Hello everyone. It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the Awards in Manchester the week before last. It was a fantastic event and we have received some really positive feedback on the new format. We hope you enjoyed the special edition newsletter and, if you haven’t already, do check out the Winners Booklet

Days Out by Rail Campaign

Monday saw the launch of our Days Out by Rail campaign, involving many of our members across the network. This three-week campaign is raising awareness of rail as one of the greenest ways to travel with the family (especially when combined with walking, cycling and buses), avoiding traffic jams, parking and pollution, while enabling exploration of lesser-known spots as part of a day out, short break or staycation.

The campaign includes tips on low-cost days out by rail, things to do with the grandkids, as well as highlighting some of Britain’s fascinating hidden gems, all accessible by train. For details on getting involved, visit our website or contact Alice Mannion on

Community Rail Network AGM

Community Rail Network will hold its next Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 1 November 2022 (14:00-15:30) on Zoom. Register here to attend, to hear our members’ survey results and initial plans for next year.

Webinar: Station buildings

Join us from 10:00-12:00 on 15 November for an online session taking an in-depth look at how community rail partnerships, groups and others in the community can approach disused railway buildings and rooms and spearhead their development for community benefit. The webinar will explore how to engage your community and key partners and overcome common challenges to transform disused railway property into thriving hubs. Full details here.

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Your next bulletin is on 2 November. Keep up-to-date in between on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Best wishes
Richard & Jools