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Community Rail News – 26 June 2024

Hello everyone.

We are pleased to announce that the DfT’s Community Rail Development Fund (CRDF) is now open for applications, and the Small Grants Fund (SGF) will open from Monday 1 July. Due to the delay, we have secured agreement from the DfT to extend the deadline for CRDF project completion to June 2025, however all applications must be received by the end of March. Further details and application forms for both funds are here. For CRDF projects, please liaise with your support & development team contact to discuss your plans before applying.

We are delighted to have successfully recruited our new community rail support officer for England South and the Midlands. Jenni Jones joins us from a previous role at Sustrans, bringing extensive experience in community engagement and sustainable travel. Jenni is keen to hit the ground running, so please do extend her a warm welcome.

Our 2024 Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 5 November, 2-3.30pm via Zoom. Over the coming months we will be inviting applications for board directors to play a role in shaping the future direction of our organisation and community rail. Please save the date and further information will follow, including the AGM agenda and registration process and details for board nominations.

We are pleased to share that the Foundation for Integrated Transport (FIT) has awarded us a grant enabling Gary Shipp to continue in his role as sustainable transport projects coordinator until the end of March 2025. This partnership will allow us to build on Gary’s fantastic work so far, supporting members with integrated travel initiatives. If you’d like to speak to Gary about opportunities for modal integration projects in your area, email

If you have any news stories, please email our communications team on here for guidance on submitting stories.

Your next bulletin is on 10 July. Keep up-to-date in between on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.

Best wishes,
Jeremy and Jools

These ‘Catching a bus?’ posters, designed by Community Rail Lancashire and funded through our Integrated Sustainable Travel Fund, are now displayed at Accrington Station. The map and QR code (which enables the route to be downloaded to a mobile device) aim to improve active travel options in the area, by helping passengers to locate rail and bus links and make car-free onward journeys from the station.