Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership joins community groups and volunteers across Britain for this year’s Community Rail Week to encourage people to ‘give the train a try’. They are especially encouraging the many families and individuals who rarely or never get on a train or bus, and instead rely on cars, to consider the benefits of making at least the occasional switch to greener, healthier, more social forms of travel.
Community Rail Week, organised by Community Rail Network and sponsored by Rail Delivery Group, runs from 23-29 May, and will involve hundreds of community rail partnerships (CRPs) and volunteer groups inviting people to ‘give the train a try’.
Community events and activities are planned nationwide – all the way from Edinburgh to Cornwall – raising awareness about local railways, encouraging more widespread use of rail (combined with buses, walking and cycling), building travel confidence among those who are less familiar, and encouraging the switch from car to train for a healthier, more sustainable future.
The Bishop Line CRP are launching a set of walking and cycling maps, one for each of their stations. The maps have been designed to raise awareness of all the fabulous attractions you can get to within a 20 minute walk or 5 minute cycle ride from each station. The maps can be downloaded from the Bishop Line website on each station’s page.
Community Rail Week looks to drive change at a community level through the efforts of 74 community rail partnerships and 1,200 station friends groups across Britain – working to help people get out of their cars and onto trains and other sustainable modes of transport.
Throughout the year The Bishop Line CRP plan to work with students in local schools and colleges to increase rail travel confidence so that rail is an obvious travel option for them in the future.
Jools Townsend, chief executive of Community Rail Network, said:
“Community Rail Week, and its call to action of ‘give the train a try’, is all about connecting local communities with their railways and encouraging and enabling more people to travel sustainably by train. Community rail has an inspiring track record of doing just that: promoting travel confidence and increasing access to opportunity, while bringing people together, giving communities a voice, and putting railways and stations at the heart of community life. Community rail partnerships and volunteers the length and breadth of Britain are this week mobilising en masse, engaging local people and partners to raise awareness about the importance of rail, and get people enthused about its benefits. We want to help people who feel less confident with train travel to give it a go, and get across the positive difference it makes switching even the occasional journey from car to public transport, for our planet, healthy living, and local communities.”
Rail Minister Wendy Morton said:
“I am honoured to be involved in this year’s Community Rail Week as we encourage people to ‘give the train a try’ and welcome more passengers to our railways. The rail network is an integral part of our communities, connecting us together and providing opportunities that improve our lives in many different ways.
I encourage everyone to try and make a trip on a train this week and experience our brilliant railways first-hand.”
Jacqueline Starr, Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Delivery Group, said:
“This Community Rail Week, we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone onto our network and connecting them to the people and places they love. We encourage people to give the train a try not only because it’s one of the greenest forms of transport, but also because it boosts local businesses and the wider economy.”