Monday 23 to Sunday 29 May 2022
A huge thank you to everyone who got on board, with activities and events promoting the work of community rail alongside the message ‘give the train a try’. Special thanks to Rail Delivery Group, who sponsored the week. We could not have hoped for a better response from members, partners and the public. It was especially great to see so many young people and children involved, and making their voices heard, and there’s lots of opportunity for us to build on this further.
See below for member-led activity from this year’s Community Rail Week.
Community Rail Week 2022 in numbers
Rail Minister Wendy Morton MP visits Bingley Station with members of the East Meets West Women’s Group, Community Rail Lancashire, Action Stations Group, Leeds to Morecambe Community Rail Partnership and Community Rail Network.
Young people played a big part in many activities throughout Community Rail Week, including try the train trips with local school children and listening to students’ views about sustainable travel. 6VT CRP spent the week pulling together their new ‘Tracks and Trains’ game that aims to promote rail safety through play.
Throughout the week, many members encouraged people to give the train a try to explore the great outdoors with organised guided walks and cycle rides from stations.
Community rail went on tour throughout the week as members showcased their work and promoted leisure and tourism trips by train at larger railway stations across Britain including London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Stoke and Peterborough.
Other members ventured further afield in order to reach a non-railway audience, encouraging people to ‘give the train a try’. Abbey Line CRP promoted their line to visitors at St Albans Market; Tyne Valley CRP, Settle-Carlisle and Community Rail Cumbria spoke to shoppers at The Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle; Beds & Herts CRP had a joint display with Marston Vale CRP at the Bedford Charter Market and Meldreth, Shepeth and Foxton CRP spent a day encouraging take-up of their travel pledge scheme at Bruntwood Science Park.
Across Britain, members helped to increase confidence to travel by organising try the train trips with local schools, colleges and diverse groups from the community.
Community Rail Norfolk and Lowestoft Central hosted a special ‘try the train’ event, offering people the chance to have a look around (and sit in the driver’s seat of) a new Greater Anglia accessible bi-mode train. People were also able to discover Lowestoft’s 175-year railway history in a special photography exhibition, ‘Last Train Gone’.
South East Lancashire CRP partnered with Ordinary Glory to have a display at Manchester Piccadilly, offering ’60 Second Stress Relief’ and handing out free self-care kits to encourage passengers to take time to look after themselves.
Crewe to Manchester CRP and South East Manchester CRP worked with Crewe Heritage Centre to hold a special art exhibition of Eamonn Murphy’s Station Connections, celebrating places of interest accessible from stations in the area.
Social media was full of fascinating community rail stories, activities and support from partners, with many community rail partnerships and station groups showcasing their work using #CommunityRailWeek and #GiveTheTrainATry.
There was so much going on during this year’s Community Rail Week that we couldn’t possibly fit it all on one page, so this is only a portion of the activity that took place during Community Rail Week. There is a full list online here.
Remember, you can continue to use the infographics from the promotional toolkit in any of your future promotions.
Thank you once again for your support and enthusiasm throughout the week!