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Community Rail News – 7 February 2024

Hello everyone. We hope this bulletin finds you well.

Later this month, we are meeting Rail Minister Huw Merriman MP to discuss how community rail is developing, and specifically the common challenges with community-led projects to rejuvenate disused station buildings. As always, we will use the chance to shine a spotlight on the work of community rail and the importance of ongoing support from government and industry.

Some of you may have picked up on the Rail Minister’s speech at a recent conference, referring to a forthcoming announcement on a ‘new deal’ for local transport, covering 14 rural counties, smaller cities and towns. We look forward to hearing more about this and how it can empower local communities.

In other news from the political world, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Louise Haigh MP has announced that over the coming weeks, the Labour Party will publish its plans around rail nationalisation. We await to see what the proposals look like, which we’ll be considering in terms of potential impacts for community rail should Labour come into power.

Join us on Thursday 22 February, 11am-12pm, to hear from Bus Users UK about how CRPs and station groups can feed into updated Bus Service Improvement Plans and influence improvements in your localities. This is for members only. To register, contact

Community Rail Week, sponsored by Rail Delivery Group, returns this year from 20 to 26 May, with the theme ‘More Than a Railway’. We’re encouraging members, partners and supporters to plan now how you’ll get involved to showcase the importance of our railways and the inspiring work CRPs and station groups deliver year-round. See our briefing sheet for more detail on the theme, our plans and how you can get involved, or contact our comms & policy team if you’d like support.

We’re excited to announce our latest corporate partner: media production and events company TeamBA. As part of our partnership, TeamBA are offering to our members up to 50 hours of filmmaking, graphic design, event management, production and AV support, plus discounted rates on event equipment, to help with your events and communications. Find out more.

Our online calendar has been expanded to not only include our own campaigns, events, training and webinars, but also now encompasses wider campaigns, awareness days and holidays that may be of relevance to you. We hope this will provide members with further inspiration and structure when looking at your social media schedules or marketing plans. As always, feel free to contact our comms & policy team for any communications and marketing advice.

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

Your next bulletin is on 21 February. Keep up-to-date in between on Twitter, Facebook, InstagramLinkedIn and TikTok.

Best wishes,
Jeremy and Jools

Derwent Valley Line CRP has been delighted to see people spreading the love for Cromford Station – not just across the UK, but the world too!

After being named one of the five most remarkable railway stations in the world in a BBC Bitesize article, Al Morley of Derwent Valley Line CRP and Alexa Stott of East Midlands Railway spoke to BBC Radio Derby about what makes Cromford Station so special – watch the video here or listen to the radio segment here (from 01:23:50 to 01:30:00).