The Southeast Communities Rail Partnership has been inspiring confidence in rail travel to returning pupils and their parents and assisting train operators and local education authorities in delivering those messages.
The partnership has recently launched a new video (above), for students returning to using the train highlighting changes they might find at the station. The video illustrates all the requirements pupils will need to have a safe, comfortable journey, and the best way to buy tickets for their journeys. The partnership has also been working on a level crossing safety video, a legacy to leave on their website for future use with schools.
The partnership has also been in contact with train operators in their region, highlighting busy stations for school pupils, college and university students, and also highlighting narrow platforms and lack of carriages in some areas, which has worked well in some areas such as the Marshlink Line, where four carriages have been retained due to overcrowding at school times. In addition, the partnership has been working with East Sussex County Council to assist schools in some planning and providing advice regarding train use.
To compliment the work the partnership has been undertaking with schools in their area, web resources have been updated to include a new Healthy Living and Sustainability module and links to other resources such as Network Rail.