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Community Rail News – 24 November 2021

We hope this bulletin finds you safe and well. What a few weeks it has been here at Community Rail Network. From COP26, to a visit from the PM, and some exciting steps for community rail in various parts of the country – from the Dartmoor Line reopening to a new CRP for the Kent Downs, and a development study for the Bentham Line – which you can read about below.

Telling the PM about community rail

We were thrilled to be able to tell the Prime Minister about the inspiring work delivered by community rail partnerships and station volunteers, on visit to Huddersfield last week. The visit was part of a tour the PM was taking around the North to launch the Integrated Rail Plan. Our senior team, plus volunteers from the Penistone Line, gave a brief overview of what community rail has achieved over the years and our ongoing commitment to connecting communities and their railways.

COP26 event: People Make Transport

Community rail was put onto the world stage through our joint Sustainable Transport Alliance event at COP26, which you can watch back here. We worked with our Alliance partners to coordinate the event and showcase the power of communities to create more sustainable and equitable transport. We hope this great bit of partnership working will lead to further joint efforts between our eight organisations to support and champion communities making change.

Book for our Awards – online or in person

This is your final call to book for our first in-person Community Rail Awards for two years, on 9 Dec in Southampton. If you’re already booked, make sure you reserve your place on the fantastic follow-up visits and events on the Friday, organised by SWR and GWR. Or if you can’t make it to the physical event, reserve your place for a glittering online event instead.

Your next bulletin is on 8 December. Keep up-to-date in between on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Best wishes,
Richard & Jools

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