In a move designed to help local traders to recover from the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, Derbyshire community group The Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS) have just published their Rail Retail Trail leaflet – a guide to some of the town’s more unusual small retail businesses.
After the virus-crisis forced every business to literally “shut up shop,” the Government lifting of restrictions on shops selling non-essential items now sends a message that Buxton’s traders are once again “open for business.”
FoBS Chairman, Dave Carlisle explained: “In 2018, we made a leaflet promoting our great pubs and the world-class locally-produced beer they sell. That gave us the idea to uplift our special shops in this time of need by creating a Rail Retail Trail – we chose those selling in unusual buildings and others who sell extraordinary items in interesting ways.”
He added: “We hope to play a small part in the town’s recovery after the impact of this terrible infection. We will seek other ways to help and others to work with.”
The leaflet also encourages the safe use of public transport, but FoBS are holding off promoting that particular message until the Prime Minister opens up non-essential rail travel. The Trail leaflet will eventually be distributed at railway stations and tourist information points in Manchester and Stockport with the idea of encouraging a train-visit to Buxton’s shops when the time is right.
The voluntary group are keen to get the timing of the leaflet’s widespread release just right. Coinciding with the unlocking of shop restrictions, it would seem appropriate to spread the message about Buxton being open once again right now, but it is early days for folk getting used to social distance-based shopping controls and trains are still off-limits for most.
Dave commented: “We will leave some of the new Trail leaflets at the station to provide a guide for those allowed to use the train right now and will spread the word more widely about our lovely town when we get a clear steer from Government about trains being opened up to everyone.”