Community rail set to hit the city in May

Community rail set to hit the city in May

30 Apr, 2019
A Cornish folk welcome greeted passengers at Paddington during last year’s Community Rail in City.

Over forty community rail partnerships will be joining forces at 20 of the countries stations to showcase some of Britain’s most scenic rail journeys at a nationwide series of events.

‘Community Rail in the City’ is a flagship annual celebration aimed at promoting sustainable tourism and travel for recreation on Britain’s community rail routes, encouraging thousands of people to explore epic landscapes, coastal scenes, and sites of historic interest.

This year’s event, on Wednesday May 15, will see 36 community rail partnerships and tourism partners hosting activities at 20 mainline railway stations, including those in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

Highlights are set to include a ‘Highland Fling’ at Kings Cross, a countryside scene celebrating the 70th anniversary of National Parks at Waterloo, and an 18-foot replica of the Mayflower on display at London Liverpool Street

The event is organised by ACoRP, the umbrella body for community rail groups across Britain, whose chief executive, Jools Townsend, said: “Our members will be popping up at stations across Britain and engaging thousands of people to inspire and advise on day trips, weekends and holidays by rail. Tourism by rail is great for families and holiday-makers as it’s more sustainable than driving, provides a critical boost to local economies, and allows people to explore our wonderful, often not-well-known, community railway lines, which showcase some real hidden gems.”


Who’s where at this year’s Community Rail in the City

London Stations

Kings Cross: Highland Mainline CRP

St. Pancras International: Kent CRP

Liverpool Street : East Suffolk Lines CRP, Bittern & Wherry Lines CRP, Essex & South Suffolk CRP

Waterloo: Purbeck CRP, Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, Three Rivers CRP, East Hampshire CRP, The Island Line, Lymington to Brockenhurst CRP, North Downs Line, Whitelink Ferries, Haslemere Community Station, Blackmore Vale CRP, Hounslow Line

Paddington: Devon & Cornwall RP

London Bridge: Sussex CRP


Birmingham Stations

New Street: Devon and Cornwall RP w/ Falmouth BID, Severnside CRP

Moor Street: Heart of England (Shakespeare Line Promotion Group and Leamington Rail Users Association)

Snow Hill: Heart of England (Shakespeare Line Promotion Group and Leamington Rail Users Association)


Glasgow Central: Tyne Valley CRP,  ACoRP

Manchester Piccadilly: Yorkshire Coast CRP, Friends of Littleborough Stations, Clitheroe Line CRP

Reading: TransWilts CRP

Crewe: North Staffordshire CRP

Lancaster: The Bentham Line CRP

Sheffield: The Penistone Line CRP, North Notts & Lincs CRP

Milton Keynes: Marston Vale CRP

Cambridge: Meldreth, Shepreth & Foxton CRP

Peterborough: Hereward CRP

St. Albans City: Bedford to St. Albans CRP





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