High Peak & Hope Valley CRP promote greener journeys and cultural experiences

High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has been working alongside Friends of Buxton Station and Buxton Festival Fringe to promote train travel to Buxton.

The CRP hosted a stall at Manchester Piccadilly Station on 28 June and 4 July to celebrate the annual Buxton Festival Fringe and the fantastic cultural experiences Buxton has to offer all year round.  

Buxton, in the Derbyshire Peak District, is a former spa town which boasts beautiful buildings such as the Opera House, Pavilion Gardens and Crescent and hosts several arts festivals every year.

Visitors can arrive in Buxton in less than an hour from Manchester Piccadilly, and the High Peak & Hope Valley CRP are keen to promote the Buxton Line as a place to find wonderful walks, quirky towns, and cultural highlights.

Over the two days on their stall at Manchester Piccadilly, volunteers and CRP staff engaged with over 80 people and handed out many more leaflets and programmes to people who will hopefully journey to Buxton by train this summer.

Helen Wright, Community Rail Partnership Officer, said: “We had a great time chatting to passengers about visiting Buxton by train, and the opportunity to work with Buxton Festival Fringe seemed like the perfect way of promoting the town and getting there by train. We spoke to plenty of people who are now thinking about using the train to visit Buxton, perhaps for the first time.

“The community spirit of Friends of Buxton Station also made the collaboration possible, as they kindly offered their time to help run a stall.”

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