Hello everyone. Welcome to the latest edition of Community Rail News. We hope you are all well.
Engaging with the transition to Great British Railways
Following the Secretary of State for Transport’s announcements on moving forward with rail transformation and Great British Railways, we wanted to provide a quick update on our engagement with the Great British Railways Transition Team. We’re now in close contact with colleagues in both the GBRTT Passenger & Freight Services team, and Customer Experience team (covering stations), and have been discussing the range of rail transformation topics where community rail has useful insights to share and value to add. This includes referring back to our response to GBRTT’s call for evidence on the ‘Long Term Strategy for Rail’ (previously called the Whole Industry Strategic Plan). We hope that a representative from each team will be presenting at our Community Rail Conference run with DfT in March, and will continue to update you via our bulletins.
Climate Resilient Gardening webinar
Having received feedback from station adopters that growing is getting harder with our changing climate, we have invited the horticultural charity Garden Organic to run an online session for our members. This will explore how to make your space more drought tolerant by following sustainable organic principles, with advice on how to save and manage water, select plants suited to dryer conditions, and build and maintain healthy soil. The webinar is on Wednesday 29 March, 6.30-8.30pm, online via Zoom, for Community Rail Network members only. Book your place here.
I Came by Train conference
Yesterday, Jools spoke at Trainline’s conference at which they launched a White Paper exploring how the rail and tech sectors can support and encourage people to use rail and travel more sustainably. Jools took part in a panel discussion on overcoming obstacles to sustainable travel, including highlighting community rail’s work on modal shift. We’ll share the link to the White Paper, including a foreword from Jools, on our social media, once it has been released online later this week.
Changes at Community Rail Network
We have some more news about changes to our senior management team. Sarah Chilton is going to be moving on from the team in early April. We will obviously be sad to see her go after two years building up our comms and policy activity, but we wish her all the very best. We have already gone out to advert for the post.
Our drop-in sessions for members on communications and PR continue to take place on the first Thursday of the month (next on 2 March), 4-6pm on Zoom, run by Sarah C and Alice. There’s no need to book – just drop in using this link anytime within the slot.
Community Rail Week
We are finalising our briefing on our 2023 theme for Community Rail Week (22-28 May) and will share details in the next Community Rail News. If you would like to chat with any of the Comms & Policy team about your plans, please call in to their drop-in session or contact Alice on email@example.com.
Community Rail Conference
All complimentary places for this year’s Community Rail Conference (27-28 March) are now taken, and the event is almost at full (record-breaking!) capacity. We are operating a waiting list, so anybody not yet booked on needs to email firstname.lastname@example.org to record their interest.
If you have any news stories, please email our communications team on email@example.com
Your next bulletin is on 8 March. Keep up-to-date in between on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Jeremy and Jools
- Community Rail Network announces new corporate partnership with CMAC Group
- Book now for RailFuture’s ‘Turning Point for the Railway’ annual conference
- Rural organisations asked to promote rural cost of living survey
- Funding from Conwy Valley & North West Wales Coast CRP supports cancer care choir
- Essex and South Suffolk CRP host ‘Try the Train’ trip for Ukrainian friends
- New artwork celebrates rich transport history of Scotland’s mural town
- Friends of Goostrey Station engage the local community with projects for all ages
- Hampshire CRP celebrates launch of new Wey Valley CRP
- Penistone Line Partnership deliver train-themed story time session for National Storytelling Week
- Latest exhibition showcasing neurodivergent artists unveiled at Glossop Station
- Fund launched to kickstart projects in East Lancashire that connect communities by public transport
- Bishopstone Station community hub proves to be a popular venue
- Heart of England CRP seeking new Community Rail Officer
- 3 Counties Connected CRP seeking new Volunteer Chairperson