Community Rail News – 6 March 2024

Hello everyone. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the Community Rail Awards in Swansea in just over a week’s time – it looks set to be a fantastic celebratory evening!

We are calling on all our members to input examples and evidence on your impact for our new report on the Value of Community Rail, sponsored by Rail Delivery Group. This resource is especially critical at this time as we look to develop new collaborative opportunities and diversify community rail’s support. It will build on our 2019 report, with new data and stories showing the impact community rail has contributed to delivering each pillar of the DfT’s Community Rail Development Strategy.

Input from members is critical, so we ask you to respond to the survey going this week to CRPs and station groups. If you have any questions, contact Rob Lowson.

We have published the first in a series of policy position statements, on encouraging and enabling sustainable travel. This sets out our position and recommendations on this theme, drawing on community rail experiences, insights and wider evidence, and will be used through meetings and consultations. We hope members will also be able to use the statements to highlight the strategic role community rail can play at local level. The next statement, on accessibility and inclusion, will be published next month.

The Transport Select Committee is calling for evidence on the draft Rail Reform Bill, which proposes legislation needed to deliver reforms envisioned in the Plan for Rail. The deadline is Wednesday 27 March; Community Rail Network is currently reviewing.

Join us on Thursday 28 March, 1-2pm, to hear from Emma Robertson, Railway 200 project manager, about how you can get involved with the celebrations. Join the session here. If you’d like to discuss your Railway 200 plans in more detail, contact Sarah Chilton.

Don’t forget to join Garden Organic at our next training session on Monday 11 March, 6.30-8.30pm, if you’re interested in creating and maintaining planters at your station that utilise limited resources and benefit wildlife all year round. Members only. Book your place.

Daniel Wright and Caroline Thompson-Noble in our team are moving on to pastures new, and we wish them both the very best for the future. Caroline’s hard work on a Paths for All funding bid to expand sustainable travel development across our Scottish CRPs has proved successful, meaning we are able to recruit not just a successor for Caroline, but two part-time education officers in Scotland. We will keep you informed.

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

Your next bulletin, a Community Rail Awards special edition, is on 20 March. Keep up-to-date in between on Twitter, Facebook, InstagramLinkedIn and TikTok.

Best wishes,
Jeremy and Jools

Volunteers from Beverley in Bloom, as Friends of Beverley Station, are continuing their efforts to promote biodiversity at the station. The adopters are creating a wildlife corridor along the border of the car park, and have planted 50 whips (a mix of hawthorn, blackthorn, spindle, elder, silver birch and dogwood) provided by The Conservation Volunteers as part of the I Dig Trees campaign. Further planting is planned for the coming weeks with the help of students from Hymers College in Hull and funding from Northern.