Community Rail in the City hits the nation’s stations today

16 May, 2018

A nationwide campaign to encourage people to explore the historic and scenic destinations and attractions that surround their local railway lines, is being held today (16 May) by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) and its members at railway stations around the country.

Community Rail in the City is a flagship annual community rail event that promotes sustainable travel for tourism and recreation. This year’s event brings together 24 community rail partnerships – community-based groups that work to help communities get the most from their railways – and partners at 11 mainline stations. They will be providing inspiration and information to help local families, tourists and day-trippers plan visits to the UK’s most stunning and fascinating visitor destinations and hidden gems by train, using the country’s ‘community rail’ routes, while travelling sustainably and avoiding the stresses of driving. This year’s event is particularly promoting exploration of historic places and events by rail, which can be especially rewarding given the railway’s important role in our heritage.

As well as helping people access more of Britain through enjoyable, environmentally friendly means, tourism by rail makes a growing and vital contribution to local economies. Rail usage in this sector has increased by 30% over the last ten years, with approximately three million annual visitors using the train as part of their trip, adding £510m to the UK economy.

The event will reach thousands of commuters with information on how and what to visit on some of Britain’s scenic and historic community railway lines. This includes:

Community rail partnerships work at grassroots level to engage local communities, help people to get the most from their railways, and promote rail as a key part of sustainable, healthy travel (see notes below).

All the community railway lines being showcased through the event can be found on ACoRP’s Scenic Rail Britain website, which helps families and tourists plan exciting and sustainable trips by train:

Jools Townsend, chief executive of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, said: “Through this campaign we’re working with community rail groups across Britain to promote exploration of historic, scenic Britain through our wonderful, often not-well-known, community railway lines. These railway lines take you off the beaten track, to some of our most amazing and fascinating destinations – and travel on them is especially rewarding, as these railways played a crucial part in our heritage, and bring you right into the heart of communities. Our members will be popping up at stations across Britain and engaging thousands of commuters to inspire and advise on daytrips, weekends and holidays by rail. This sort of tourism by rail is great for the families and holiday-makers, it’s more sustainable than driving, and it provides a critical boost to local economies.”

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