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The Community Rail Cafe is for everyone interested in "community rail", including volunteers, Community Rail Partnerships, train operating companies, local and national government and other agencies.

The community is administrated by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. It was created with the support of the EU Citizens' Rail project.

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  • Alex Peel
    Alex Peel As part of their Inclusive Spaces campaign Groundwork are running workshops in Birmingham Sheffield and Newcastle on engaging young people in green space projects. Community rail staff and volunteers are welcome to book on these free sessions.
    Groundwork launches Inclusive Spaces campaign - ACoRP
    • 10 hours ago
  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons Great 5 page article on community rail in RAIL magazine this week; Steve Broadbent interviews Jools Townsend, Chief Executive of ACoRP.
    We must all ensure that our own MP's see this article.
    • Tue at 1:07 PM
  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray For those CRPs with their GDPR hat on, now's a great time to revise your website's privacy policy. We're now using a clever system called Iubenda for this. You tell it which third-party features your website uses (like Google Analytics or embedded...  more
    • May 24
  • Brian Barnsley
    Brian Barnsley Going great at Birmingham New Street with CRiC.
    Great work from Welsh Crps on the beach and Poacher Line in the skys.
    • May 16
  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons Great day at Stockport on Saturday working with Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association and ACoRP. Great response to Discover Amazing Women by Rail. A lovely day in all respects; good to see friends old and new. Even better was the very wide demographic of...  more
    • May 6
  • Brian Barnsley
    Brian Barnsley At Stockport station community day drop 8n and say hi if you are nearby.
    • May 5
  • Fiona Forsythe
    Fiona Forsythe Does anyone have a Health and Safety policy for CR Officers which they would be willing to share with me? Many thanks Fiona
    • Apr 25
  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons Amazing Women by Rail . This must be about the only place where I haven't yet spread the word about Amazing Women by Rail. This community rail/ tourism project is a collaboration between Mid Cheshire CRP; Friends of Littleborough Stations; Community Rail...  more
    • Apr 22
  • Ian Dinmore
    Ian DinmoreThe Custard Crew: and tomorrow we have Hot CrossRail buns with....
    • Mar 29
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  • Ian Dinmore
    Ian Dinmore has added a new profile photo.
    • Mar 29
  • Marina  Farey
    Marina Farey has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke The latest edition of Reading Between The Lines, CRL's newsletter has just been published - read it here:  https://www.communityraillancashire.co.uk/news/reading-between-the-lines-28/    
    • Mar 9
  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray Some interesting ideas in this article from the head of tech at Trainline. Their app asks passengers to say if their carriage is busy. Then the app uses the data to tell those boarding next where to head for a seat.
    Trainline's head of engineering: "building our own voice app was a no-brainer" | Econsultancy
    • Feb 22
    • Mike Parker-Bray
      Ian Dinmore I regret to say I'm not a big fan of Trainline - 57% of complaints about the wrong type of ticket being issue is down to Trainline then there is the issue of paying a cover fee - no TOC staff or CRP's support this company and always advise customers to...  more
      • Mar 29
    • Mike Parker-Bray
      Mike Parker-Bray Fair points, but still no harm learning from them in areas where they are strong, like web design and search engine optimisation.

      One simple but effective example - they dominate search results by having dedicated pages for individual journeys. So if...  more
      • Apr 5
  • Lindley KIrkpatrick
    Lindley KIrkpatrick has added a new profile photo.
    • Feb 15
  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray We're running our 'Take your teddy for a trip on the train' promotion again this half-term. Kids travel free if they bring their bear. Details at the link.
    Take your teddy for a trip on the train - Great Scenic Railways
    • Feb 13