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.
Webinar on Bus Service Improvement Plans
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 email@example.com.
Community Rail Week – how to get involved
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.
Our new corporate partner
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.
Online training, events and comms calendar
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.
Jeremy and Jools
- National network of rail walks seeks support from communities
- Get up to date on progress and plans for Railway 200 celebrations
- How community rail can get involved with Network Rail’s charitable theme for CP7
- Community rail lines included in flexible ticketing and multi-modal travel pilot
- East Midlands Railway supports community rail to flourish across its network
- The benefits of active travel infrastructure: read the latest report from IPPR
- Rare piece of railway history returns to Lowestoft home
- Collaborative working leads to sustainable gardening success at Westerfield Station
- Far North Line CRP launches website
- Explore eight walking routes accessible by rail on the Poacher Line