Community Rail Week is set to launch this October, with an exciting range of activities taking place across community rail, this year championing the message Go Green by Train, as part of the build-up to COP26. 

It does feel that action towards tackling the climate emergency has moved from the margins to the forefront. COP26 represents a unique moment in history, with an acknowledgment that this represents one of the last chances to bring about global collective changes to halt the climate crisis. Greener transport is now recognised to be a fundamental part of what we need to do, with rail at the centre of that, and getting our communities involved and driving this from the ground up is vital.

Community Rail Week and our Go Green by Train campaign showcases the community rail movement’s contribution to this endeavour; we hope you’ll join with us that week, in championing the shift to sustainable travel that is so vital to our communities and our climate.

Objectives of the Week

  • Raise awareness of the environmental benefits of travelling by rail showcasing rails green credentials and the role it can play in the environmental discussions leading up to COP26.
  • Elevate and amplify the voices of young people to protect the environment and harness the “pester power” for adults to make step change. Working with children and young people to drive the change and ask the adults in their life to make a pledge to start to change their behaviour
  • Inform and inspire families to choose rail travel as a responsible travel method, helping to overcome perceived barriers that may stop them from travelling by train, such as promoting awareness around railcards and advance tickets, highlighting that rail avoids the stress of traffic jams and parking, and showing positive examples of families using rail for fun and exciting trips.

The week, which is sponsored by the Rail Delivery Group will encourage everyone involved in and passionate about our railways to work with, support and promote the activity taking place that week and year-round to connect communities with their railways.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. We’ll have a toolkit available to download shortly with ideas for social media posts and media opportunities. If you’re a partner, look at our map of our members to support local activities.

We will be updating these pages each week providing you with a flavour of some of the activities which are planned for the week.